WV sr dies, MV fr injured in car crash Jan 11, 2010 12:39:27 GMT -5
Post by gatordog on Jan 11, 2010 12:39:27 GMT -5
Waubonsie Valley senior dies in car crash
January 9, 2010
By ROWENA VERGARA email@example.com
A 17-year-old girl from Aurora was killed and her parents and sister were seriously injured in a car crash in southern Illinois.
According to Illinois State Police, at 9:11 a.m. Thursday, Jacqueline Avila, 17, was traveling with her parents and sister to visit a college campus when their Chevy Astro van lost control on I-57, outside Salem in Marion County.
Jacqueline, a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School’s Frontier campus, did not survive the crash.
Her father, Jose Avila, 43, of the 2700 block of Stoneybrook Lane, Aurora, is in critical condition at Saint Louis University Hospital. Mother Maria Avila, 37, is also in critical condition there, while Alejandra Avila, 14, is not at that hospital, a nursing supervisor said.
According to Waubonsie Valley High School officials, who sent an e-mail announcement to parents on Friday, Alejandra Avila’s condition was only described as “better” at an unknown hospital in Missouri. She is a freshman at Metea Valley High School.
The family members were first taken to Salem Township Hospital after the accident.
According to State Police, the van, driven by Jose Avila, attempted to pass another vehicle when it skidded off the roadway. The van struck the rear of a car parked on the shoulder of a rest area exit ramp, and then continued to skid back into the driving lane on I-57.
Avila, who friends called Jackie, was on the volleyball and cross country teams at Waubonsie Valley. She attended classes at the Frontier Campus in Naperville, where seniors earn college credit while getting their high school diploma.
On Friday, Waubonsie Valley offered grief counseling for students at that campus and will have counselors available on Monday.
A friend, Jaemelyn Cruz, who described the Avilas as her second family, said she always admired Avila for her volleyball skills.
Cruz said she most recently heard Avila talking about her desire to attend the University of Southern Indiana next year. Cruz said she believed that was the school Avila was planning to visit on Thursday.
On Facebook, Cruz wrote: “I miss you and love you so much Jackie.”
Of the dozens of friends who updated their Facebook statuses Friday, one peer wrote: “Sometimes I wonder why some are taken from this world with so much left to live for. Rest In Peace Jackie Avila. You will be dearly missed.”
High School Principal Kristine Marchiando said Waubonsie Valley is experiencing a “terrific loss” of a “wonderful, great kid.”
“She has many, many friends who are suffering the loss today,” Marchiando said in a voice message.
are supporting our kids on how to make it through. ... We’re going to miss her a lot.”