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Authorities: Two teenage siblings -- one a Highland student -- die after being hit by truck in Michigan (UPDATED)


Authorities said two teenage siblings, one a Highland High School junior, died Wednesday after being struck by a pickup while walking near a roadway in southeastern Michigan.

Authorities said Justin, 13, and Alyssa Haun, 16, were believed to be walking in the lawn area of a Bedford Township home when they were hit by a truck driven by a 49-year-old man from Erie Township, Mich.

The driver wasn’t injured and, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, two passengers fled the scene after the collision. It is not clear why the vehicle left the road.

Alyssa and Justin were pronounced dead at a Toledo hospital.

A message seeking further information from the sheriff’s office was not returned Thursday.

Alyssa was a junior at Highland High School. She was a member of the speech and debate team, the cross country team and the National Honor Society.

Justin had attended Hinckley Elementary School before moving to Michigan with his mother.

According to the Highland Schools Facebook page, a crisis team will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the high school cafeteria.

Dawn Marzano, director of communications for Highland Schools, said students and community members who knew the victims will not need to make an appointment to meet with the crisis team. People can come whenever it is convenient for them.

“This is devastating news for our Highland community. The Haun family is well known and well loved. Alyssa was a lovely young lady. She was a gifted student, an athlete and a member of the speech and debate team. She had many close friends,” Highland High School Principal Carrie Knapp said in a statement.

“From what I understand, Justin was also an excellent student and loved math. He was a member of the 8th grade orchestra and cross country team for his school in Michigan and would have been a freshman in the fall. Our thoughts are with the family as they deal with this unimaginable loss.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or
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