Louisburg High School quarterback killed in car wreck

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MIAMI COUNTY, Kan. -- The town of Louisburg, Kan. is mourning the loss of a teen killed in a car wreck on Saturday night. The Miami County Sheriff's Office said the victim is 17-year-old Auston McLellan. Deputies said McLellan’s car hit a power pole on Saturday night. McLellan was the starting quarterback for Louisburg High School’s football team.

McLellan was life-flighted to St. Luke’s according to school officials. Doctors tried everything they could but could not save the young man who family and school officials say had a promising senior year.

Two scenes stood in stark contrast to one another on Sunday morning. One scene at Metcalf Road north of of 271st Street has pieces of a car light next to a broken power poles, all signs of the deadly Saturday night accident. And then there is the other one; the grass neatly cut as the gridiron is ready for Wildcats’ football to begin.

“First practice football practice is tomorrow at six o’clock and he was scheduled to be the starting quarterback,” Louisburg School’s Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said.

Deputies said McLellan was driving south on the road at about 8:45 p.m. when he tried passing another car. They said he somehow lost control. Tire marks showed that he went from one lane into the grass and then smashed into a power pole.

Deputies said McLellan was ejected and it all happened no more than a mile from his home. In the aftermath, Zoellner had to send out a somber early Sunday morning e-mail.

“It’s never easy. But we will pull together and draw on each other's support as we go through the next few weeks and months,” Zoellner said.

Deputies said McLellan died at the hospital but Zellner said many are trying to figure out ways to keep his spirit alive.

“What came out of that loud and clear was his sense of humor and his ability to include everyone. He was not a person who ostracized folks, he was able to include everyone,” Zoellner said

Deputies said a passenger also in the car, 17-year-old Drew Carder was taken to a hospital also but treated and released. School officials said he is also a Louisburg High School student.

There will be a vigil for McLellan on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the football stadium. Auston is the second person the school district is mourning in the last year to die in a car wreck. In December 2012, 67-year-old Louisburg High School teacher Glenda Beasley died in a car accident. Administrators said they will have counselors on hand at school tomorrow.

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