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7 Millington Middle Schoolers remembered 12 years after fatal crash

A memorial site marks the location of the fatal crash 12 years later. (Source: WMC Action News 5) A memorial site marks the location of the fatal crash 12 years later. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
The seven teens killed in the crash. (Source: Jessica Jarvis Facebook) The seven teens killed in the crash. (Source: Jessica Jarvis Facebook)
MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) -

Jessica Jarvis will never forget what happened twelve years ago on February 29.

"Even though it’s been 12 years, when I talk about it, it’s like a knife in an open wound. It really is and it never gets easier."

Seven Millington Middle Schoolers, ranging in ages from 13 to 15 years old, all packed into one car. They all died in a horrific crash at the spot a shrine now marks.

"We knew each other since kindergarten,” Jarvis said. “We went through elementary school together."

Jessica Jarvis posted on Facebook her memorial to her friends.

"You would never think something like that could happen to people you were so close to," Jarvis said.

Three boys and four girls were killed: Samantha Stawizynski, 13, Trey Hanna, 15, Lauren Sutherland, 15, Jessica Wallace, 13, Crystal Smith, 13, and Eric Sansone, 14. They were all students at Millington Middle School.

15-year-old Michael Fradella had just gotten his learner’s permit. He took his father's keys
and picked up his friends. The girls were in the middle of a slumber party.

Investigators said when he came speeding over a hill on Chambers Road, his Mazda Protege slammed into a tree.

Jessica Jarvis said she learned a lesson from the tragedy.

"It made me learn to value life at a young age, to appreciate life and all that that entails."

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