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Accident kills Ottawa teen

October 1, 2000

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A teen-age girl returning home with friends from the Pomona High School homecoming football game and dance died early Saturday following a one-car accident northwest of Ottawa.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department identified the girl as Cassie Hays, 14, of rural Ottawa. She was a passenger in a car driven by David Buchanan, 16, rural Ottawa, authorities said.

Hays was taken by Lifestar Medical Air Ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where she died.

Buchanan was transported by ambulance to Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa. He was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Another passenger, Jessica Sillin, 15, rural Ottawa, was treated at the scene but didn't go to a hospital.

According to a sheriff's report, officers were called about 1:10 a.m. to the 1500 section of Thomas Road, 8 miles northwest of Ottawa

The car, a 1996 Mercury Mystique, was eastbound on Thomas Road when it went off the road, traveled down a ditch and struck an embankment. The car then became airborne and struck a large tree on the rear driver's side where Hays was sitting, officers said.

When the car landed it overturned and slid on its top about 50 feet before stopping, the report said.

All occupants were wearing seat belts and Hays had to be extricated, officers said. There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor, officers said.

All three victims attended Pomona High School.

No other information was available Saturday night.

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