FATAL CRASH: Dangerous Curve Claims Life

Boone County officials were called to a fatal accident west of Boone Thursday morning.

A call came in around 8:30 about a one vehicle rollover accident. It happened at a curvy section of 198th and L Avenue not far from the Kate Shelley High Bridge.  A neighbor said there were four teens in the car.

Officials say 17-year-old Ashley McGrauth was driving eastbound on 198th when she lost control of the vehicle. Seventeen-year-old Bowman Mills was partially ejected from the car and died at the scene. Two other occupants of the car, 16-year-old Tristan Edberg and 15-year-old Michael Hanse, were taken to a local hospital along with McGrauth. Their injuries are considered non-life threatening.

James Darby was inside his home when the accident happened.

“I heard this screeching and then the power went off right after it hit,” says Darby.

Darby said he knew right away it was a serious accident.

“The car flipped and the front of the bumper was smashed into the electric wire and there were three or four ambulances and a fire truck,” says Darby.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says a 911 call came in from a neighbor saying there had been a rollover.

“The vehicle was on its top and three of the victims had got out and the fourth victim who died in the accident was actually under the vehicle,” says Boone County Deputy Brian Pontius.

Unfortunately, neighbors say this isn’t the first time tragedy has struck this area.

“I’ve had life flight twice in my yard picking up people; they come around this curve way to fast,” says Boone County Resident John Kester.

Kester has lived in his home for 30 years and says year after year people take the curve too fast and end up in his front yard.

“They get scared because they start sliding they hit the brakes and they slide in and come into my ditch or into my fence, I’ve fixed my fence probably ten times, I’ve put new fence up and post up and usually they have to pay for it but it’s still a pain because I do it,” says Kester.

Kester has suggested the county put up a guard rail or extend the black top so loose gravel isn’t on the curve causing drivers to slip.

However, nothings been done and Kester says if that continues he fears more accidents will keep happening.

“I felt bad especially about the boy I think they said he was a senior. I don’t know if a guard rail or that would have all helped or not I can’t say surely it would have done something,” says Kester.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says the driver, 17-year-old Ashley McGrauth will receive a couple of citations, but those are pending approval from the county attorney.


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