Samantha Gosset (l) Brady Laughlin (r)
Willard High School students, Samantha Gossett and Brady Laughlin who were both sixteen, and fifteen year-old Abreanna McCarter had just left ROTC practice and were killed when the 1993 Saturn that Gossett was driving hydroplaned, crossed the center line of 160 and slid sideways into a pickup truck.
Abreanna McCarter (myspace page)
None of the teenagers were wearing a seat belt, according to the crash report.
Crash image Dean Curtis Springfield News-Leader
Troopers say that twenty year-old Jordan Dickson of Ash Grove, who was driving the Ford F150, wasn't physically injured in the crash that happened about 3:45 this afternoon (10-08-09). It is estimated that both vehicles were traveling about 60 m.p.h at the time of impact.
When the kids left the school, there was four people in the car...Samantha was able to drop one passenger off safely at her house not long before the crash.
Dr. Kent Medlin, Superintendent of Willard Schools, says grief counselors will be on hand at Willard High School tomorrow to help students cope with the loss of their friends and classmates.
Friends of Brady Laughlin have set up a fund to help his family with burial costs. Donations can be made at:
Brady Laughlin Memorial Fund
c/oLiberty Bank in Springfield