Brothers Die As A Result Of Car Crash
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, February 26, 2021

(left to right) Curtis and Chase Curtis (photos courtesy of Sheila McCrea)

(ORLAND) – Two teenage brothers have died as a result of their vehicle crashing into a tree.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office says they were called at 5:23 PM Thursday to County Road 675 West, south of State Road 120, just east of Orland. Deputies determined that 16 year old Tyler Curtis was driving south on County Road 675 West at a high rate of speed. He lost control of the car after going over a small hill.

The automobile crossed into the northbound lane, went off the road and struck a tree, which caused the vehicle to split in two. Both Tyler Curtis and his 14 year old brother Chace, were ejected.

Tyler Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene. Chace was flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center where he passed away from his injuries.

It's not known if the teens were wearing their seat belts, but the airbags in the car did deploy.

Both young men were student-athletes at Prairie Heights High School. Tyler was a junior and a Regional wrestling qualifier. Chace was a freshman.

Assisting Sheriff's Office personnel were the Orland Fire Rescue,
the Angola Police Department and Steuben County EMS. The incident is still under investigation.


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