Students and staff at Rocky River High School were reeling Tuesday from the loss of a 14-year-old student who died Monday in a single-vehicle crash just minutes after classes ended for the day.
Tierra Warren, a freshman, was killed when an SUV driven by her older brother flipped several times on Camp Stewart Road, a few miles from the campus of the Mint Hill school.
Tuesday was the first day of midterm exams in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, but school officials opened the day at Rocky River High with a moment of silence. Additional grief counselors were on hand for students and staff.
Police say Dayron Malcolm Warren, 18, was driving the 1994 Honda Passport that crashed shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of Camp Stewart Road.
Investigators say Dayron Warren and his sister were sitting in the front seat of the SUV, with three male students sitting in the rear.
According to police, Warren lost control of the Passport on a curve. He then over-corrected, police say, and the vehicle began skidding. It then flipped several times, and Dayron and Tierra Warren were thrown from the vehicle.
Police say Dayron Warrens injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The three students in the back seat suffered minor injuries. A teacher at the school said Dayron Warren and the three students in the back seat were all members of the Rocky River football team.
Tierra Warren was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-University, where she was pronounced dead. The other students were taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center.
Police say Dayron Warren was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and reckless driving.
As news of the 14-year-olds death spread Monday evening, students expressed grief and planned a tribute to their classmate later this week.
Watch over us, baby girl, especially your brother, one student tweeted. Rest easy.
Students began making plans to wear black Friday night at the schools winter homecoming basketball game against Independence High School.
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