March 31, 2014
Stevenson High School is mourning the death of Yuki Hirayama, a 16-year-old sophomore, and his parents, Tomohiro and Sachiyo Hirayama, who were killed in a car accident in Arizona during Spring Break. Yuki’s 9-year-old sister, Rinka, survived and remains hospitalized in an Arizona hospital.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety told multiple media outlets on March 31 that the Hirayamas died Friday night, March 28, after their car was hit head-on by a pickup truck attempting to elude police about 90 miles north of Flagstaff, near the Grand Canyon. The truck crossed the centerline of U.S. Route 160, hit the Hirayamas’ vehicle and burst into flames, police said. Both occupants of the truck died and were burned beyond recognition. Police suspect the driver was drunk.
Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time. When information is available, it will be posted on the Stevenson website.
UPDATE 4/3/14: An attempt is underway to create a fund to help Rinka Hirayama. When information is available, it will be posted on the SHS website and the school’s social media outlets.
Yuki transferred to Stevenson at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He participated in the fencing program and also was a member of SPINS (Stevenson Patriots In New Situations), a club for transfer students.