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Elsberry teen dies in crash, community pays respect

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

An Elsberry teenager was fatally injured Monday morning in a four vehicle accident on Hwy. 79, just south of the Hwy. 47 intersection, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Time of the accident was 6:25 a.m.

According to the report, a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Kenny Mitchell, 27, of Foley and a 2004 Ford Ranger driven by Joshua Magruder, 25, of Winfield were stopped in traffic. A 2008 Hyundai driven by William S. Young, 62, Lake Saint Louis, struck the rear of the Camry which struck the rear of the Ranger causing the Ranger to spin. The Ranger then struck a parked 1996 Chevrolet S10 which was unoccupied.

Jillian Young, 17, of Elsberry was a passenger in the Hyundai Sonata. She was pronounced at the scene by Coroner Lisa Sitler at 8 a.m. All drivers and Jillian Young were using seat belts at the time of the accident.

During the operations, Hwy. 79 was closed to traffic in both directions for approximately two hours.

Jillian Young was a student at Elsberry High School.

A statement was given from Dr. Tim Reller, Superintendent of Elsberry School District, regarding the death of Elsberry High School student Jillian Young. Jillian, an active member of our school and community, was an 11th grade student at Elsberry High School.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of Jillian Young. In an effort to help students and families who may be affected, the district had extra counseling resources available today and they will be available as long as needed. Parents who feel their student may need extra counseling are encouraged to contact the high school office. We also want to let the Lovelace and Young families know the entire district is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts go out to them during this difficult time.”

Jason Vandivort, Elsberry FFA teacher, said, “Jill Young was an extraordinary young lady that was very intelligent, inspirational to others, and had the capability to do anything that she put her mind to. She encouraged others, had a smile to lift up anyone’s day, and always expected the best from people. She is a shining star that will continue to glow bright in our hearts for the years to come.”

Kim Jones, FACS teacher, was another instructor who felt the loss of an extraordinary person, said “On behalf of the Elsberry High School faculty we are all mourning the loss of a student we see on a daily basis and have created a bond with. Jill was a beautiful young woman with a very promising future ahead of her and she will be dearly missed by all at EHS.”