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EDMOND, Okla. - Family and friends are remembering a third-grade student who passed away following a car accident on Halloween.

Authorities say Landen Smith, who was a third-grade student at Cross Timbers Elementary School, died from injuries he suffered in a car accident at N.E. 63rd and Douglas on Saturday night.

"Landen was a very bright, energetic and affectionate child who had many friends. The entire Cross Timbers Elementary community is deeply saddened to learn of his death and their hearts go out to the Smith family members as they cope with this devastating loss," said Susan Parks-Schlepp, with Edmond Public Schools.

Oklahoma City police say Landen was in the car with his mother and younger brother when they collided head-on with a Ford Expedition that was carrying six people.

All nine people involved in the crash were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Landen, who was just 8-years-old, succumbed to his injuries. The other victims are still recovering.

"What's particularly tragic about this is Landen's death brings to five, the number of Edmond students who have died in motor vehicle accidents this calendar year," said Parks-Schlepp.

Landen’s sibling, a first-grader, was also transported to the hospital and is expected to be released soon.

Police believe Landen's mother accidentally crossed the center line but did not appear to be impaired. They say she consented to a voluntary blood test, but officers are waiting for the toxicology results.

As the investigation into the accident continues, five counselors are available at Cross Timbers Elementary for students and staff members dealing with his death.

"People grieve in different ways and so the support team is there to offer them whatever they need and whatever time they need," said Parks-Schlepp.

The district's focus is on resiliency to help the community heal from yet another loss of own of their own.

"Edmond Public Schools is a family. Each particular school is a family and they pull together in amazing ways and we see that each and every time with a student death," said Parks-Schlepp.