UPDATE: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A memorial fund has been established to help the family of a Goddard teenager killed in an Arizona crash.
It happened near Seligman early Tuesday morning. Family members say Jennifer Ewertz, 45, was driving east on I-40, when a semi may have sideswiped her SUV, causing her to lose control of the vehicle.
Ewertz and her 17-year-old daughter, Lindsey were thrown from the SUV and suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Samantha Ewertz, 16, died after a recreational vehicle struck the SUV with Samantha still inside. Five people inside the RV were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The family said the Ewertz' were traveling back from the National Jr. Olympics for tumbling and trampoline in Long Beach, Calif., where Samantha competed.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Donations can be made to:
Samantha Kaye Ewertz Memorial Fund
701 N. Goddard Rd.
Goddard, KS 67052
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A Goddard teenager has been killed in an accident in Arizona. The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. local time on Interstate 40 about two miles southwest of Seligman, Ariz.
Officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety say 17-year-old Samantha Ewertz was riding in the back seat of a sport utility vehicle heading eastbound on I-40 when something caused the driver to lose control and roll the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim's mother who was driving the SUV, 45-year-old Jennifer Ewertz, and sister, 18-year-old Lindsey Ewertz, both suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
The accident is under investigation. Officials say the group had traveled some distance down the highway and investigators are looking into the possibility that the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.
Samantha Ewertz would have been a junior in high school this year.