BANGOR — Police are investigating a crash that killed a Hartford first-grader Friday night. 

Jenessa MacEachron, 6, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on 66th Street near 26th Avenue in Bangor Township, according to a news release from the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post. 

School officials confirmed the identity of the girl Saturday on the Hartford Public Schools and Redwood Elementary Facebook pages and said counselors were set to be on hand at the school Monday to help the staff and students. 

“Please know that my concern is always for the well-being of our children and families,” Redwood Elementary Principal Edward Dickenson wrote. “We have moments of laughter and moments of sadness. Part of what I can do in honoring Jenessa is keeping school a warm, welcoming and loving place – a place where children know they are cared for and safe.”

The crash happened around 8:50 p.m. when the driver of the southbound vehicle Jenessa was riding in became distracted and swerved off of the roadway, according to the news release. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.

The vehicle had four occupants, one adult female driver and three children, all of Bangor. The driver and two other children were transported to Bronson Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by Michigan State Police. 

School officials encourage any students or parents needing additional support or resources to contact the district at 269-621-7000.

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