8-year-old driver dies after losing control of car in Troy, Kansas


Cadence Orcutt

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TROY, Kan. — An 8-year-old girl was killed in a crash Sunday. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Cadence Orcutt was the one driving with her grandfather in the car. The crash happened on rural, unpaved 175th Road near Peck Road in Troy, Kansas. The small town is West of St. Joseph, Mo.

Fifty-six-year-old Dennis Meers tells investigators he let his granddaughter drive and she lost control, sending the Chevrolet Cobalt careening down an embankment landing on its top in a watery ravine below.

Meers was taken to Mosaic Life Care, Orcutt was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Just a shock couldn’t believe it, I mean an 8-year-old little girl, it’s a sad thing,” Joey Huff said.

Huff is a parent at Troy Elementary, where Orcutt was a third grader. Guidance counselors were brought into the school on Monday to help students deal with the loss and try to explain a death grownups really can’t fathom.

Parents of the girl said they were just too overwhelmed to talk about the tragedy right now. In a statement on Facebook, Orcutt’s mother said Cadence was a “beautiful athletic princess” who wanted to be an art teacher.

The crash remains under investigation. The Kansas Highway Patrol will present its findings to prosecutors to see if any charges should be filed.

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