(5-3-21) Two Indiana teens were looking forward to a fun night when they were killed in a traffic accident on their way to the Hamilton Heights High School prom.

Hart’s mother, Jody Conaway told Fox59 news

“She was on her way to my house so that I could see her. And my mom and her were sitting filling out invitations to her graduation.”

“I didn’t even get to see her in her prom dress with her hair done and her makeup done, and I mean I’ve gotten to see her partially in her prom dress in the last two days when I’ve went to the coroner’s office to see her.”

The two teens killed had a bright future ahead of them.

Hamilton Heights Senior Kalen Hart (18) was bound for Indiana University in Kokomo with hopes of becoming a teacher.

Cathedral High School Junior Lendon Byram was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. He qualified for a national tournament as part of his school’s speech and debate team.


Kalen Rae Hart, 18, of Arcadia, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 due to an auto accident.  She was born on August 22, 2002 in Noblesville, Indiana.

Kalen was a senior at Hamilton Heights High School where she participated in the choir and was president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.  She enjoyed astrology, art, painting and drawing.  Cactuses were her favorite!  Kalen was interested in marketing and teaching.  She loved animals & cardinals, and enjoyed baking with her mother.  Known for her personality, Kalen was very forgiving and never met a stranger.

She is survived by her father, Galen (Sherri) Hart; mother, Jody (Robert) Conaway; siblings, Kyleigh (Brandon) Barton and their children Roy Christian and Dean Lee, Bailey (Camden) Burnworth and their children Gabriel and Azreal, Payton Conaway, Erik Conaway, Trinity Conaway, Nathan (Nicole) Thompson and their daughter Rey Margaret, and Brittany (Mitchell) Wistendahl and their daughter Olivia Rose; grandparents, Melody Bartrom, Brad Bartrom, Elvy (Clara) Hart, Larry (Debbie) Claywell, James Conaway, and Donald Stafford; as well as an abundance of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

Kalen was preceded in death by her grandmother, Janeen Conaway; and her aunt, Terri Orr.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville.  Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Cicero Cemetery in Cicero.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Heights High School Choir or the Gay-Straight Alliance at Hamilton Heights, 25802 State Road 19, Arcadia, IN 46030.