New details released in wreck that killed 3 teens in Wildwood


by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / Staff

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 5:22 PM

( – Police have released new details on a wreck that killed 3 teens in Wildwood over the summer, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

According to the report, excessive speed was a factor in the Aug. 15 accident on Homestead Manor Dr. that killed Christopher Lenzen, 18, Kathleen Oliver, 17 and her sister, Lauren Oliver, 19.

The article cites a St. Louis County Police report, which says the vehicle they were traveling in was going 68.5 miles per hour when the crash occurred. The speed limit on the stretch of road is 25 miles per hour.

Photos: Teen victims of Wildwood wreck 

Officials said Lenzen, the Olivers and another teen were in a convertible with the top down going at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck the deck of home near Homestead Manor Dr. and Rieger Rd.

Authorities said the car went through the deck, which had concrete pillars on it, and went down a wooded hill about 120 yards before hitting a tree.

Authorities said Lenzen and one of the Olivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister died in a helicopter en route to a hospital.

Click here to see photos from the accident

According to the Post Dispatch, trace amounts of alcohol were found in the system of Lenzen, who was driving. The toxicology report showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.014 percent, which is far below the legal limit of 0.08 for adults and 0.02 for minors.

According to officials, Lenzen graduated from Marquette High School and Lauren Oliver graduated from Eureka High School in May. Kathleen was a still a student there.