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WHS student dies, four others injured in crash

By on August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

By COREY SAATHOFF – Editor

A female Waterloo High School student died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash Monday night on Gall Road that also injured four of her classmates.

Police, fire and EMS crews responded to the area of 8081 Gall Road north of HH Road in rural Waterloo around 11 p.m., after a black Mazda 6 containing five occupants lost control and flipped multiple times before landing on its roof.

One male and one female were airlifted by medical helicopters to St. Louis hospitals for treatment of serious injuries; three others were transported by ambulance.

Tuesday afternoon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department listed the names of those involved in the accident as Sam Fannon, 17, Abby Cecena, 16, Cameron Rubemeyer, 16, Rachel Magourik, 16, and Steven Schad, 16, all members of the WHS Class of 2014.

Abby’s twin sister, Kady Cecena, confirmed the loss of her sibling on Facebook while also thanking everyone for their prayers.

“You will never leave my side, Abby. You will always be my twin, best friend, heart and soul,” Kady wrote. “I pray that God takes the best care of you, baby. Thank you all for the prayers. Abby is going to the best place possible. I love you, twin.”

Rubemeyer remains in the intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, while Fannon, Magourik and Schad were listed as patients at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Magourik is also a step-sister to Abby and Kady Cecena.

Agencies assisting at the crash scene included Monroe County EMS, Columbia EMS, Dupo EMS, Waterloo Fire Department, Waterloo Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

A final crash report, including a cause of the crash and other details, was not yet completed by the MCSD as of this writing.

As word of Monday’s crash spread, a prayer vigil was held Tuesday afternoon on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn.

Around 100 people were in attendance, including current and former WHS students and friends of the crash victims.

“She was always smiling… Remember her as the friend she always was,” one person said of Abby during the vigil.

Another called Abby “a great person,” and asked all those present to “remember her liveliness… she will be missed.”

The group then joined together in singing “Jesus Loves Me.”

Waterloo School Superintendent Jim Helton said school district officials have activated social workers and counselors to provide support for all students wishing to speak to someone. The WHS library was available into the evening on Tuesday as a place for students to seek assistance.

“Difficult time, no doubt,” Helton said. “The district is here to lend support and be a constant for our students and families.”

(With additional reporting from Teryn Schaefer)


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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.