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Two Teen Brothers Die In Fatal Car Crash

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A 16-year-old who was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his brother has died from his injuries.

Kevin Laudermilt, a 16-year-old from Ohio, was hospitalized Dec. 7 after sustaining serious injuries from the crash, according to WJW. He died Dec. 10 at a regional children's hospital.

His 18-year-old brother, Aaron C. Laudermilt, died at the scene of the accident.

The crash occurred Dec. 10 at 2:41 p.m., when the car failed to negotiate a curve because it was going too fast. The car went off the road and first struck a utility pole before hitting a tree. The car then rolled over on its side and came to a rest on the front steps of a home.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, both young men were wearing seatbelts. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have contributed to the crash.

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The small community of Plain Township is grieving, and the local school district announced it will be offering counseling to students who need it.

"During difficult times like this, we must be prepared to care for and support each other as we deal with the many feelings that we begin to experience," read a statement from the Plain Local Schools. "We will have grief counselors ... for any students or staff who feel the need to speak with someone regarding this tragedy."

Friends have placed crosses at the scene of the crash.

Community members are also coming together to raise money for the family to help with medical and funeral expenses. High school friends plan to sell bracelets with the young men's names on them at sporting events.

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"We will also be selling bracelets with their names on it for $2," said friend Mackenzie Mcarthur. "They were both so wonderful and kind. We don't want them to ever be forgotten."

In addition to local fundraisers, there is also a GoFundMe set up by the boys' cousin, Zoey Correll.

"Aaron Laudermilt was the most loving and caring man I have ever met," wrote Correll on the GoFundMe page. "He cared immensely about his friends and family and would give the world to make somebody smile. Though he was taken entirely way too young, at the age of 18, he lived a beautiful life full of love and happiness. Aaron will always have a special place in our hearts." 

The GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $19,000 of its $35,000 goal in four days.

Sources: WWJ (2, 3), GoFundMe / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: GoFundMe

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