An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when she was ejected from the vehicle she was a passenger in during a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County at 9:57 on Friday, January 13th.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Mekenzie L. Steeples, 18, of Memphis was southbound on Highway 15, seven miles south of Memphis, when the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving went off the left side of the roadway. The car struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting a passenger.

Rebecca J. Cline, 17, of Columbus Junction, IA, was ejected from the car. She sustained serious injuries. Cline was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Steeples and a second passenger in the car, Stormi N. Schultz, 17, of Memphis, sustained minor injuries in the crash. Schultz was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Steeples was taken by private vehicle to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

Steeples was cited for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and careless and imprudent driving.

The vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland and Knox County ambulance services, Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.