HEARTBREAK: Car goes airborne & strikes utility pole, parents of 5 killed

RICHFIELD (WITI) -- Two people were killed in a violent wreck on Highway 164 in Richfield early Friday, April 25th. The victims are a 37-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman. FOX6 News has learned they are the parents to five children; the oldest is 13, the youngest just one year old.

The wreck happened just after 2:30 a.m. on Highway 164 just north of County Q.

Officials say the couple was in a vehicle traveling northbound on Hwy. 164 when the vehicle crossed left of center for unknown reasons and entered the southbound ditch -- where it struck a culvert, went airborne and struck a utility pole before coming to rest upside down in the ditch.

Officials say the man was ejected from the vehicle while the woman remained pinned inside. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner.

Terry Margherita lives along Highway 164. The speed limit there is 55 miles per hour, something Margherita says is not safe.

"You never know what's going to happen next or if you're going to be the next person to get hit," said Margherita. "We've had fatal accidents here before."

At this time, it is unknown which victim was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the accident.

Possible factors contributing to the accident remain under investigation.

The Germantown School District, where the children of the victims attend class, tells FOX6 News that administrators, teachers and parents have been notified of this tragedy. Counselors will be made available on Monday, April 28th, when students return from spring break.