1 ECS student killed, 2 critically injured in Walnut Grove crash

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Police say three teens were inside an Isuzu Trooper when it collided with two other cars on busy Walnut Grove Road around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon..

14-year-old Meredith Fox was sitting in the front passenger's seat and pronounced dead on the scene.

"It hasn't kicked in," said her friend, Carly Stein.

Stein tells Action News 5 Fox was one of her best friends.

"I've never had someone this close to me die," Stein said.

She says her mother told her about the wreck during soccer practice.

"And she was, like, Meredith Fox died in a car crash," she said. "And, honestly, I didn't know what to believe. I just started bawling."

Fox was a freshman at Evangelical Christian School, or ECS.  Stein believes she and the other two teens in the SUV left campus minutes before the crash.

A 17-year-old boy was driving the Trooper that police say crossed the concrete median on the bridge over the Wolf River before entering the path of oncoming traffic.

"The car in front of them stopped, the car swerved, and they flipped," Stein said.

Memphis Police have not confirmed the reason the teen driver crossed the median.

Meantime, Stein says Fox leaves behind two siblings.  Her sister's Facebook page is filled with condolences.  But it's something more tangible to which Carly Stein will cling.  She has two t-shirts from their competitive soccer team for which they created a special nickname.

"My last name and her last name combined," Stein said.  "Steinox."

The 13-year-old girl critically injured in the wreck is the daughter of prominent developer Rusty Hyneman.  The 17 year-old driver is identified by friends as Winston Miller.  Police say the drivers of the other two cars are the ones brought to The MED in stable condition.

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