Vernon Hills girl, 9, survives crash that killed brother, parents

Yuki Hirayama was a sophomore at Stevenson High School in Vernon Hills.
March 31, 2014 7:50:54 PM PDT
Three members of a north suburban Vernon Hills family on spring break were killed in a crash near the Grand Canyon.

Tomohiro Hirayama, his wife, Sachiyo, and 16-year-old son, Yuki, were killed in a crash. A 9-year-old girl survived.

On Monday night, Arizona authorities said a car being chased by police struck the family's vehicle.

Yuki was a sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. He transferred into the school at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, according to the school. Stevenson High School made counselors available to students.

The Hirayama family is from Japan, and had moved to the area because of a job opportunity. They have no close relatives living in the U.S., a spokesman said.

Other family members are on their way from Japan to Phoenix.


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