Counselors Help Paradise Students Cope With Deaths Of Two Classmates

PARADISE, Calif. - A team of counselors will be at Paradise High School and Ridgeview High School Monday to help students cope with the deaths of two classmates.

A car accident Saturday night in Magalia claimed the lives of Billi Oliver, 16, a student at Paradise High School and Dustin Lyle, 17, a student at Ridgeview High School.

The two were passengers in a 2003 Acura driven by Amber West, 16, of Magalia.  West is a student at Paradise High School.

Friends of the accident victims said that Oliver and Lyle had also been dating.

The CHP said the car approached a curve at 9:30 p.m. on South Park Drive west of Shaw Circle.  Investigators said the car was traveling 50 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.  According to the CHP, due to the unsafe speed, the driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle.

The car hit a utility pole and a tree before overturning on the roadway.  Lyle was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle.  Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

West was taken to Enloe Hospital for treatment and is being treated for moderate injuries.

Sunday night hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the crash for a candlelight vigil.

Paradise School Superintendent Roger Bylund said the district will have a team of counselors available at both high schools Monday.  They will set up counseling rooms for any student who wants to talk about the tragedy.  Counselors will be available from Paradise School District, Chico Schools, and the Butte County Office of Education.

The CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

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