BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Police on Thursday identified the 15-year-old girl killed in a car crash Wednesday afternoon near 23rd Street and Opossum Hollow Road. Macie Rice was sitting in the rear of the vehicle and not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the car, 18-year-old Blake Isaacson of Lee's Summit and passenger Katelin Mershon, 15, of Blue Springs were injured when the car veered off the road and hit several trees before coming to rest off the roadway. It happened after school let out for the day. All three went to Blue Springs South High School.
Administrators at Blue Springs South say they will have counselors available on Thursday for anyone who needs to talk about what happened. Police say alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash.
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