BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A 15-year-old girl was killed in a car crash after leaving school Wednesday with two of her classmates. Those two teens are in the hospital as news of the Macie Rice’s death spread through Blue Springs South High School.
Students were saddened and in shock, with witnesses who saw the crash happen sharing in their sorrow.
“I heard a big boom and I was on the phone and I said to the gal, ‘I got to go. I think there’s been a car crash,’” Dixie Herrington said.
She lives just feet from the crash site near 23rd Street and Opossum Hollow Road. She called 911 and ran with her granddaughters to help after police say the car’s driver lost control and hit a tree.
“Then we went down there and when I went down there, I realized I actually knew them,” Blue Springs South sophomore Katie Herrington said.
The student recognized the driver as an 18-year-old male from her school, and his two passengers were both 15-year-old girls she calls friends. The girl in the backseat wasn’t moving.
“I just kept asking them ‘is she talking? Is she responding? What’s happening?’” Katie said.
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Macie Rice, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle and not wearing a seat belt, died from her injuries.
“It just made me sick to my stomach because she didn’t knew she was going to take her last breath. And I just hope she knew the lord. And she was a beautiful girl. My granddaughter Katie showed me some snapshot pictures of her, and what a waste… what a waste,” said Dixie.
A young life taken too soon, with grief overwhelming all who knew her.
“She was a really happy, fun person, you know, loving. Always there for everyone,” said Katie.
Police say the two other students who were in that car are expected to survive. Blue Springs South administrators say they will have counselors available on Thursday for anyone who needs to talk about what happened.
A GoFundMe account has been started to help with Macie's funeral expenses. It includes a note from her family, Kelly, Matt and Ethan.
Her family writes:
It is with unimaginable sadness that I must write this about the loss of our daughter. Macie was taken from us at the young age of 15 on Nov 16th, 2016. Macie was involved in a car accident in which she was a passenger.
Macie is the daughter of Kelly Rice and Matt Knott. She also is the granddaughter of Margie Rice and has countless family and friends saddened by her loss.
Macie was a sophomore at Blue Spring South High School. Macie loved school and being involved in school activities. Along with many things at school, Macie was one of the football managers and during football season never missed a game or a practice. She was a good student and loved her photography class and taking photos any chance she could. Macie always talked of being a teacher.
Macie was a fun person that always looked past a person's exterior to see the good in each . She was out going , fun, loved to travel, swim and hangout with her friends. She loved Disney World, although I think she just went to humor us because Disney with your parents is probably not the funnest thing for a teenage girl.
Macie will never be able to be replaced but she will always live on in the hearts of her family and friends. In Macie's young life, she chose to be an organ donor and will help countless other families.
This is the hardest thing a family ever has to deal with and no one ever prepares for the death of the child especially one taken so young...
We have a lot of things to deal with right now and any help would be greatly appreciated and know Macie would be there to give everyone big hugs.
Kelly, Matt, Ethan and Family