ORLAND Ind. (WFFT) -- Remembering the Curtis brothers. The two boys were involved in a deadly car accident in Steuben County Thursday.
Tyler from Orland was pronounced dead at the scene by the Steuben County Coroner.
Chace was transported by helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center and died early Friday morning.
A dream catcher sways in the wind.
Along North County Road 675 West a tree trunk adorned with dozens of flowers, letters and baseball memorabilia.
The Prairie Heights community pays tribute to the Curtis brothers - two lives gone too soon.
“He just lit up the room. He knew how to make people smile. We all laughed every time we worked with him. We knew he would say something ridiculous just to make everyone smile and laugh. That’s what he laughed to do,“ Kelsey Kellet said.
Kellet remembers the energy Tyler brought to work.
The American Eagle manager supervised him since the summer.
Her whole staff is mourning.
“We closed the store today. We thought it was best that we all kinda just took some time it’s hard,” she said.
Steuben County Chief Deputy Michael Meeks says the 16-year-old was speeding when he lost control going over a small hill. His 14-year-old brother Chace was in the passenger seat.
The car crossed the opposite lane and crashed head-on into a tree.
“Unfortunately this is a tragic example of why it’s very important to obey the speed limits and not to drive at an excessive speed especially if you’re a young inexperienced driver,” Meeks said.
Meeks warns young drivers about the dangers of speeding.
“The faster you drive the less reaction time you have to avoid an obstacle or correct a problem," he said.
Kellet has a message for the Curtis family:
“To the family, we all just send our thoughts and prayers and you guys will be with us for a long while after this,” she said.
Prairie Heights Community Schools released a statement reminding folks that in times of crisis, they’ll rally together as they are Panther Strong.