January 17, 2002

Tragic Traffic Accident Takes Life Of Teenager

Tragedy struck Scotland County once again as the community lost another teen in a motor vehicle accident on January 11.

Heather Fogle, 19, of Memphis, was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m. at Scotland County Memorial Hospital by Scotland County Coroner Ginny Monroe following a one-vehicle accident on "Miller Bottom Road" at 9:45 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Fogle was a passenger in the rear seat of a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was northbound on the gravel road, Route MM, eight miles south of Memphis at the time of the accident.

The car slid sideways on the gravel road before going off the right side of the roadway into a field where the vehicle overturned at least twice before coming to rest on its wheels.

Fogle was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to SCMH.

Lydia Dial, 19, of Memphis, the driver of the vehicle, suffered serious injuries in the accident. She was taken by Scotland County Ambulance to SCMH before being taken by Helicopter to Iowa City, IA.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Mindi Kirkhart, 17, of Cantril, IA, suffered minor injuries. She also was transported by ambulance to SCMH.

The accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol. The investigating officers were assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff's Department, Scotland County Ambulance Service and Scotland County Fire and Rescue Squad.

The crash marked the second fatal traffic accident to claim a local teen in the past three months. Jason Rockhold, 18, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on October 21.

Services for Fogle were held Monday, January 14 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis.

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