It was her first time driving a car alone. The newly 16 year old, Savannah Nash, was running an errand for her family on Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a semi and killed. The Missouri Highway Patrol says she was texting when the crash occurred.
The accident happened in Harrisonville on 7 highway near Walker Road. Troopers say she failed to yield at a stop sign and was hit by a semi going highway speeds.
“There was a text message that was on her phone, however it was not sent yet,” Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in an interview. “That is a probable contributing circumstance to the crash. That’s all part of the investigation.”
Savannah had just received her driver’s license less than a week before the accident and had only driven the car she was in 4 times.
Missouri Highway Patrol is asking parents of young teenage drivers to talk to their children about the dangers of texting while driving. They are also recommending downloading a free app for smartphones that prevents cell phones from receiving text messages while in a moving vehicle.
Harrisonville High School, where Savannah was finishing up her freshman year, held a memorial service Friday morning for students to pay their respects. It was a social media initiated event before class began. Many students wore bright blue, green, orange and yellow clothing because those were Savannah’s favorite colors.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of Savannah. Her memory will live on and serve as a reminder to others of the dangers of texting and driving.