Police report says speed a factor in crash that killed Blue Springs teenager

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Blue Springs police are shedding new light on of a Nov. 16 crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl. They said Wednesday that speed was a factor in the accident.

A police report says the car that Macie Rice was traveling in heading eastbound on Oppossum Hollow Road near 23rd Street when it left the roadway and crashed into some trees.

Three teenagers were leaving Blue Springs South High School on their way home. In the police report, the 18-year-old driver admits that he felt he was traveling too fast. He hit his brakes, the car skidding off the road and hit multiple trees before coming to a stop.

The driver and another 15-year-old passenger that was sitting in the front seat were standing outside the car when officers arrived at the scene.

Macie Rice was sitting in the back seat during the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The police report says she was not wearing a seat belt.

Family and friends remember Macie as someone who was always smiling, and said she wanted to be a teacher.

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