Jacqueline Sit, News 9

ASHER, Oklahoma -- A small town in south-central Oklahoma is grieving the deaths of three young people. All of them were killed in a car accident Tuesday night at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 177 and Hwy 54 near Asher. None of them was wearing a seatbelt.

Two brothers, 21-year-old Joshua McBroom and 19-year-old Andrew McBroom, died when the red Grand Pontiac they were riding in failed to stop at a stop sign and hit an SUV. Their cousin, 16-year-old Leah Hanson, died at the hospital.

Ellen McBroom lost not only her two sons, but the niece she adopted as her own.

"I couldn't believe it. Both of them were gone," said McBroom. "I was telling everybody they were lying to me and to get out of my house."

Students at Asher High School are mourning Hanson's death. The 16-year-old was a popular sophomore and manager of the girls' basketball team.

"She was always smiling and cracking jokes. She knew how to brighten up your day when you had a bad practice day," Kaylie Skaggs, friend and teammate, said.

The basketball team played Wednesday night's game in Leah's honor. Each player wore pink ribbons in her memory.

A memorial fund has been set up in the victims' names to help play for funeral expenses. People can donate to Security State Bank in Wewoka and Seminole.