BRAY_ The Bray-Doyle community in Stephens County is in shock after a car crash killed two of its students and sent three others to the hospital. They were returning from the high school's football game Friday night at Empire. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the teens were speeding on Gatling Road east of Highway 81. Troopers say the car went off the road, slammed into several trees, hit a fence, and rolled over twice. OHP says 13-year- old Dustin Lyles and 14-year-old Brian Steel were thrown from the car and died at the scene of the crash. Lyles' 15- year-old brother Cody and Steel's 16- year-old brother Travis were hurt in the wreck, as wasl the driver, 17-year-old Tyler Brooks. Troopers says only one of the teens was wearing a seat belt.
The Bray-Doyle freshman football team was off to a good start with Dustin Lyles at quarterback and Brian Steel playing running back. "We just won our first junior high game," said teammate Mike Grajeda. "We were gonna win our second. But, you never really think that anything like this would really happen to you."
Word about the accident quickly spread around town. "When I heard, 'oh my God,' I don't even know what happened," said Grajeda.
One of the Bray-Doyle cheerleaders says she waved goodbye to the guys after Friday night's varsity game against Empire. She says they were really likeable, and expects there to be a lot of crying at school on Monday.
"They were nice to everyone and everyone liked them, and they had a lot of friends," said Raylee Taylor. "I would show up at lunch, and you would see them with a big group of people. It (Monday) will just be a sad day."
The football team plans to keep going and play the season in their honor. "We're going to get through this, win some football games in their names," said Grajeda. "We're going to pray for their families. We're going to do a lot of stuff for them."
Football coach Warren Butler says Cody Lyles was in his first year at Bray, having moved from Yukon. Superintendent Kevin McKinley says the school will have counselors available on Monday to help students through their grieving process.
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