One Teen Killed, Another Critical in Edgewood Car Accident

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By Becky Ogann

EDGEWOOD - Four teenage boys were injured, one killed, in a single car, roll-over accident around 8:20 am Monday morning.

The driver, Derek Pritchard, 15, was taken to RMC in Manchester, his condition is currently unknown. Passengers Dexter Kuehl, 15, Terry Scott, 16, and Brandon Ahlers, 15, were transported to UIHC in Iowa City. Kuehl is reported in good condition, Scott in fair condition and Ahlers is in critical condition as of Tuesday at 5 PM.

Steven Shellito, 15, of Edgewood was pronounced dead at the scene. All five attended Edgewood-Colesberg High School.

The accident happened in Edgewood at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Littleport Rd. along the Delaware/Clayton County line.

Police report that Pritchard failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy 3, losing control of the vehicle and entering the ditch on the south side

The accident happened about a mile west of the high school. Several students say they approached the accident on their way to class Monday morning. When word of the accident spread the Monday morning rush turned into madness…followed by a deafening silence.

"It's normally loud in the hallways, and in the lunchroom, but today it was silent," said Gage Wood, Ed-Co student.

In a school of three hundred students the victims’ classmates say they knew right away who was missing.

"It was. He sat two seats in front of me," said Wood.

Emergency grief counselors stepped in to help students deal with the pain.

"Students are in shock and meeting in small groups. We made sure that we could have school be as normal as possible so they could be with their friends," said Galen Reismoen, Ed-Co Superintendent.

And in such a close knit school, dealing with death can be just as hard for the teachers.

School was in session on Monday. The superintendent says there are counselors and a district crisis team on hand.

Monday's accident came just a few months after another fatal crash that affected the same community. That accident near Newton in July took the lives of two kids from Edgewood, Aaron Kimball, 10, and Andrea Bockenstedt, 13. Delaware County Sheriff John Leclere says it's a hard situation for both the families and the community to deal with.

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