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Brothers, ages 16 and 20, dead after Marion crash Monday evening

Sheriff's deputies say Taylor Christie (C) and Evan Woodward (L) died at the scene of the crash. Their mother, Stephanie, is pictured to the right. The photo was taken at a family wedding last weekend (Photo: Provided by Christie family for WHAM/Times of Wayne County)

Marion, N.Y. – Two brothers are dead after a crash in Marion Monday night.

Our news partners at The Times of Wayne County report the crash happened on Ridge Chapel Road, between Dean Road and Walworth-Marion Road, around 5:15 p.m.

The Times of Wayne County reports the victims were brothers.

Sheriff's deputies say Taylor Christie, 20, and Evan Woodward, 16, died at the scene of the crash. They believe Christie, the driver, lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then went off-road and struck a tree.

Christie and Woodward were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was reportedly called in by a passerby who found the vehicle upside-down against a tree.

Police say Woodward was a Marion High School student who was getting a ride home from basketball practice from Christie.

Marion School Superintendent Don Bavis released a statement Tuesday morning.

"Our school community is grieving and we extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Evan and Taylor's family and friends.
"Our district's top priority will be supporting the needs of our students and staff. School counselors (including school counselors from area component districts) will be available to provide counseling and care for all students and staff. As our district moves forward, we will continue to focus on the needs of our students and ensure all necessary supports are provided."

This is the second fatal crash in Marion in about 24 hours. State Police say a vehicle was found submerged in a creek off of East Williamson Road around 1 p.m. Monday. It’s believed the vehicle was in the water for nearly 16 hours.

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