2 students killed after car goes over cliff on Shades Crest Rd

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — UPDATE: “As to the incident on Shades Crest Road, the transportation department will review the investigation and do an analysis on that stretch of the roadway,” says Rick Journey, Director of Communication with The City Of Birmingham. 

Hernandez-Paz attended Parker High School where he was a freshman. His 9th grade world history teacher, Lauren Michael says Hernandez had a sweet soul. “I was glad that I got to see his smile every morning,” says Michael. Counselors were on site at Parker High to assist those who were troubled by both teens death. “It affected me a little. It’s sad to know what his family is going through and it’s kind of heartbreaking,” says 9th grader, Isiah Ramsey. 

A Birmingham School Resource Officer helped to find the family of the two victims. Investigators say there was no indication the crash was anything but accidental. 

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The victims have been identified as Yefry Said Hernandez-Paz, 17, of Birmingham and Griselda Noemi Zayas-Flores, 15, of Birmingham. According to the Jefferson County Coroner, both were ejected from the vehicle during the incident. Birmingham School Resource Division helped to find the family.

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Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene of a double fatal car accident at the intersection of Shades Crest Road and West Oxmoor Road.

Batallion Chief Sebastian Carrillo with the fire department tells us that the vehicle landed about 150 yards down a cliff. Two occupants of the vehicle have been confirmed dead.

Sgt. Johnny Williams with Birmingham police department says “The area is pretty rough to access. We had to have rescue personnel descend from both areas from the bottom to the top in order to remove the remains from the area.” 

Residents in the area now want to see change to Shades Crest road, “They should reposition the traffic lights, or add a guardrail,” says Sarah Washington, resident for eight years. 

Police have not yet released names or ages of the victims. Check back with us for updates.

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