Recent Park Hill grad dies days after being struck by suspected drunk driver near Mizzou

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WEATHERBY LAKE, Mo. — A 2020 Park Hill grad passed away over the weekend after being struck by a suspected drunk driver.

Tuesday night a driver in Columbia Missouri noticed an SUV with no headlights on weaving across lanes. The driver called 911 and grabbed their phone to record as the SUV continued South down Highway 163.

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Footer, a sophomore at Mizzou, was sitting at the Route K intersection. She started to make a left turn when the light turned green.

“It was a perfect storm of a drunk driver, no lights on, poor to no visibility of him coming,” Rick Footer, her father, explained.

“It was just totally amazing she survived it was a catastrophic accident,” Weatherby Lake Mayor Steve Clark said.

Footer was rushed to the hospital with a fractured pelvis, tibia and femur, abdominal injuries, and swelling on the brain. She was sedated until Friday afternoon.

“Within a half hour of coming off the meds she started squeezing my fingers better and kind of responding to verbal requests move your toes move your thumbs, so it’s a good sign,” her father said.

The family reported that she died Saturday night and will be laid to rest in her mother’s home country of Turkey at her favorite seaside village of Urla.

A GoFundMe was started following the crash and has raised more than $33,000 to help pay for medical expenses.

A 24-year-old Columbia, Missouri man was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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