UPDATED at 3 p.m. with comments from Elsberry School Superintendent Tim Reller.
LINCOLN COUNTY • A 17-year-old Elsberry High School junior was killed in a four-vehicle crash Monday morning on Highway 79, police said.
The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the teen as Jillian A. Young of Elsberry. The crash happened at 6:35 a.m. in the northbound lanes, about a mile south of Highway 47.
According to the patrol, Young was a passenger in a 2008 Hyundai Sonata driven by her father, William S. Young, 62, of Lake Saint Louis. His car struck the rear end of one of two vehicles that were stopped, setting off a chain reaction that ended with a parked car.
The cars were stopped because the motorist in front, Joshua G. Magruder, 25, of Winfield, had been waiting to make a left turn into a private drive.
The first car hit was a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Kenny B. Mitchell, 27, of Foley. Mitchell’s Camry then collided with a 2004 Ford Ranger driven by Magruder.
The impact caused Magruder’s vehicle to spin into a 1996 Chevrolet S-10, which was unoccupied and parked.
None of the other people involved in the crash were injured. Everyone was wearing a safety device, according to the crash report.
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 crash shut down the highway for two hours, but they didn't realize the accident 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, he said. Extra counselors were at the school to help students.