The Ohio Highway Patrol said excessive speed was a factor in a Sunday single-car accident that killed two Olentangy Liberty High School students.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said excessive speed was a factor in a Sunday single-car accident that killed two Olentangy Liberty High School students.

Sydney Siefert, 17 and a junior at Liberty, was a front-seat passenger in a 2004 Subaru Impreza driven by Jordan Cannon, 17 and a Liberty senior, when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two trees.

Both died in hospitals Monday morning from injuries.

Siefert and Cannon had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to the Delaware post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Excessive speed was a contributing factor to the crash, the patrol said.

Both students were designated as organ donors on their driver's licenses, said Liberty principal Mark Raiff. "I got the sense from both families that they were very proud of their children that they chose to be organ donors."

Siefert lived at 10703 Brinsworth Drive, Liberty Township, and Cannon lived at 3705 Pine Bank Drive in Powell.

Siefert's twin sister, Aubrey, was in the back seat of the vehicle. She was treated for minor injuries and released.

All three were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

Liberty principal Mark Raiff said it is difficult to talk about one twin without talking about the other.

"They were the closest set of twins I've ever known," he said. "They had this incredible energy, passion and spirit and I always knew when they were mad at me because they would come in and let me know it. ... Both of them were in my office the day of the big snowstorm (Friday, March 7) begging me to let them out of school early. When I announced the early dismissal I found this Post-It note from Aubrey in my office that read 'Mr. Raiff Rocks.'"

Both girls were involved in the school's Varsity Chorale and in the DECA marketing program.

While he knew Jordan, Raiff didn't know him as well because he attended Liberty half of the day and spent the other half in the information technology academy at the Delaware Area Career Center. Raiff described him as "quiet and a good citizen.

"With 1,400 students I hope I know them all but I wish I knew them all well," he said. "I feel extra sad when I see today (Monday) this tremendous outpouring of love and support for Jordan. That tells me I should have known him better."

Calling hours for Siefert will 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Rutherford Funeral Home in Powell with a funeral mass on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church on South Liberty Street in Powell. Calling hours for Cannon will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rutherford with a service at 7 p.m.

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