Byron Center HS student killed in crash ID’d

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Byron Center High School student was killed and another student was injured in a single-car crash Friday evening, authorities say.

The wreck happened around 6:30 p.m. on Wilson Avenue SW near 92nd Avenue in Byron Township, southwest of unincorporated Byron Center, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

School officials have identified 17-year-old Victoria Garraus as the victim who passed away in the crash. Authorities said Garraus was driving south on Wilson when she lost control of her car and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cayla Dyer,18, was the front-seat passenger in the car. Dyer’s family called 24 Hour News 8 to give an update on her condition. It was initially reported by authorities that the student suffered facial lacerations and a fractured leg, but family says she suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.

The principal of Byron Center High School, Scott Joseph, released the following statement Saturday morning:

“Dear Students,

It is with great sadness that I bring to you news of losing one of our Byron Center High School students. Victoria Garraus, senior, passed away tonight as she lost control of her car on Wilson and 92nd street. Passenger Cayla Dyer, also a senior, was treated at the hospital and released with minor injuries. Victoria was a part of the Artist Community and an active member in various areas of the arts at BCHS.

The families of Cayla and Victoria ask that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers, but to allow them time and space to mourn and work through this tragedy.

On Monday, counselors will be available to work through supporting any of you who need support through this loss.

Thank you for your compassion and supporting all those hurting during this time.”

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