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Crash victims on minds of entire community

By on August 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

By COREY SAATHOFF – Editor

While mourning the death of one young woman over the weekend, the community continues to keep the other victims of last week’s rollover crash in their thoughts as they heal from various injuries.

As reported last week, the crash occurred in the area of 8081 Gall Road north of HH Road in rural Waterloo around 11 p.m. on Aug. 6. The car involved, a Mazda 6, was occupied by five Waterloo High School Class of 2014 students.

One of the occupants, Abby Cecena, 16, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Funeral services were held Saturday.

Others involved in the crash were Sam Fannon, 17, Cameron Rubemeyer, 16, Rachel Magouirk, 16, and Steven Schad, 16.

All but Schad remain in the hospital as of Tuesday morning, recovering from various levels of injuries. Schad was released last Wednesday.

Magouirk is rehabilitating from surgery to repair a shattered pelvis, while Rubemeyer and Fannon remain in critical condition. Magouirk and Rubemeyer are at Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Fannon is at Children’s Hospital.

“Please know that the Fannon family feels so incredibly blessed to receive the outpour of love from their community, friends, and family. Please keep your prayers coming! Our Sam is still in critical condition,” wrote Fannon’s godmother Michelle Icaza on a CaringBridge.org page updating everyone on his health.

“Keep praying. God hears us!” wrote Dawn Rubemeyer on her son’s CaringBridge.org site.

The accident report states the northbound car left the roadway after going over the top of a hill on Gall Road, rolling multiple times before landing upside down in a grassy ditch.

Fannon was the driver of the vehicle, police said. Tests revealed no presence of alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash, according to the accident report.

Citations for driving too fast for conditions and unlawful number of passengers against Fannon are pending.


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Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.