School staff at Benjamin Banneker Elementary are working to console students today, following a fatal car crash Wednesday that killed a fifth-grader and injured two other local students.

School staff at Benjamin Banneker Elementary are working to console students today, following a fatal car crash Wednesday that killed a fifth-grader and injured two other local students.

“We set up a crisis team first thing [Thursday] morning to be there for staff and students,” Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel said Thursday morning. “Everything seemed to be going as well as it possibly could. We’re trying to maintain as much normalcy as we can for the students, but we’re fully aware that their emotions can change throughout the course of the day.”

Christina Stevens was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Ellendale about 3:45 p.m., according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

Stevens, her 14-year-old brother and her 6-year-old sister were passengers in a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica minivan that their 20-year-old brother Alexander R. Jackson II was driving south on North Old State Road, just south of Fleatown Road.

Jackson lost control of the speeding minivan, which entered the northbound lane, he said.

Jackson swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, causing the minivan to spin off the west side of the road, where it struck a ditch and became airborne before flipping into a densely wooded area where the roof struck several pine trees, Fournier said.

Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The 14-year-old boy, a freshman at Milford High School, was flown to Christiana Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition. The 6-year-old girl, a first grader at Mispillion Elementary School, was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Jackson was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

All four occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, including the 6-year-old, who was belted in a rear passenger seat, but was not secured in a booster seat, Fournier said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing and criminal charges may be filed, he said.

Sylvia Henderson, the director of student support for the Milford School District, remembered Stevens as a vital part of the Banneker Elementary family.

“Christina was a beautiful child that had a generous heart,” she said. “She played in the band and loved to sing. She was a sweet girl that was friends with everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by the students and staff at Banneker Elementary and Milford School District. Her kind heart will live in our memories forever.”

Henderson said district officials set up a crisis team at Banneker Elementary on Thursday to help students cope with their loss throughout the day.

“Our primary concern for the next few days is our students,” she said. “This is very tragic and our hearts are bleeding for the Stevens family. We are providing wrap-around services as best we can and have been working with victim services. Our district counselors and support staff are providing direct services to our students and staff.”

Henderson said that Banneker Elementary will be collecting money to assist the Stevens family with funeral costs. Contributions can be sent to the Banneker Elementary Student Activity Account, she said.

Melyssa Spudis, who lives in a ranch-style home near where the crash took place, said the state needs to consider installing a stop sign at the intersection of North Old State Road and Fleatown Road, just a couple of hundred yards from the site of the accident.

“I was sitting right here in the living room watching TV with my kids and we could hear the car speeding down the road before the crash happened,” Spudis said. “We were really shocked that we saw it happen right in our front yard.

“It really is a tragedy. I just wish they would really consider putting a stop sign at the intersection that might slow cars down in this area. Crashes happen way too often near that intersection.”