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Three teens are mourned after crash near Oswego

( Family photos / June 5, 2012 )  Brian Herrera, of Plainfield, left, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, and Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield were killed when Herrera, who was driving a black Ford south on Schlapp Road around 3:15 p.m. Monday, pulled in front of the semi heading east on Illinois Route 126, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Shrake. The car ended up underneath the truck, police said. "They pulled in front of the semi, it was a bad split-second decision," said Shrake. "Everything points to the driver of the car causing the accident." Herrera and 19-year-old Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in the car, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

( Family photos / June 5, 2012 ) Brian Herrera, of Plainfield, left, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, and Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield were killed when Herrera, who was driving a black Ford south on Schlapp Road around 3:15 p.m. Monday, pulled in front of the semi heading east on Illinois Route 126, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Shrake. The car ended up underneath the truck, police said. "They pulled in front of the semi, it was a bad split-second decision," said Shrake. "Everything points to the driver of the car causing the accident." Herrera and 19-year-old Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in the car, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

A semi-tractor trailer truck involved in a crash that killed three teenagers near Oswego today. WGN-TV (June 4, 2012)

The family and friends of three teens killed in a crash near Oswego spent Tuesday in mourning, gathering at the victims’ homes to leave flowers, light a candle or gather around the kitchen table to remember.
At the Plainfield home of Brian Herrera, 19, where the words “Family & Love — Where Life Begins & Never Ends” are stenciled above the living-room couch, his younger brother smiled as he talked about how much he resembled his older brother.
“He was like my model,” said Christian Herrera, 12. “It’s really devastating right now that this happened.”Brian Herrera, who was working two jobs to save money for college, was killed along with two friends Monday afternoon when he turned in front of a tractor-trailer near Oswego, authorities said.

The crash Monday also killed passengers Tyler Montgomery, 19, an aspiring music producer from Plainfield, and his girlfriend, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, who hoped to become a social worker.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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