Authorities are searching for the driver who hit and killed an 18 year-old high school senior overnight on a rural road near Willard.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace says Steeler Daulton Seaburn, of Pleasant Hope, was hit by an unknown vehicle sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. near Farm Road 94 and Stick Horse Lane- one mile south of Willard.
Seaburn was found lying on the roadway, his vehicle was nearby with it's emergency flashers on and the drivers side door open.
|Seaburn's vehicle is to the left of police vehicles (courtesy KY3)|
|Seaburn's vehicle (courtesy Ozarksfirst.com)|
Seaburn was recognized as an all state wrestler as part of the Willard High School wrestling team and fellow students are posting condolence and “R.I.P.” messages about Seaburn on facebook.
The school district has made arrangements for counselors to be available for students, who are out of class for Easter break, to talk about Seaburn. Some students have made their way to the school for that purpose, according to school officials.
A memorial scholarship fund has been set-up in Seaburn’s honor at Freedom Bank in Willard, Matt Kelley, branch president, said. Donations can be made at the bank, which is located at 423 West Jackson Dr.
"The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in this crash. Anyone with information is urged to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop D Headquarters, at 417-895-6868," Pace said in a news release.