Teenage Cheerleader Killed in Chain-reaction Crash

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In Lincoln County, a crash that occurred on Monday morning and involving four vehicles resulted in the death of Elsberry High School Student Jillian Young.

On March 4, 2013 at approximately 6:35 a.m., William Young, age 62 from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri was operating a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. Jillian Young, age 17 from Elsberry, Missouri was the only passenger inside William’s vehicle at the time of the crash. Joshua Magruder, age 25 from Winfield, was operating a 2004 Ford Ranger. Kenny Mitchell, age 27 from Foley, Missouri was operating a 1992 Toyota Camry.

At that said date and time, William Young was traveling in the northbound lanes of Highway 79 and about a mile south of Highway 47. The crash occurred as Joshua Magruder had been waiting to make a left turn into a private drive when William Young’s vehicle collided with the rear of Kenny Mitchell’s vehicle. Mitchell’s Camry then collided with Magruder’s vehicle and the impact from that collision caused Magruder’s vehicle to spin into a 1996 Chevrolet S-10, which was parked and unoccupied.

The Winfield Foley Fire Protection district reported to the crash scene, and upon arrival the fire district found four vehicles with heavy damage due to a chain-reaction collision.

Jillian Young was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Lincoln County coroner, Lisa Sitler.

None of the other people involved in the crash were injured. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, everyone was wearing a safety device.

Elsberry School Superintendent Tim Reller said Jillian was a member of the cheerleading squad and the Future Farmers of America. Her twin brother is also a student in the junior class, which has 62 students.

“She was a good kid from an outstanding family,” Reller said. “I’m definitely grieving the loss both professionally and personally.”

Several teachers arrived late to school Monday because the fatality crash shut down the highway for two hours, but they didn’t realize the crash involved one of their students until they arrived, Reller said.

He said teachers read a statement to students about the crash, but many already had found out through social media, said Reller. Extra counselors were at the school to help students.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop C.


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