STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a teenager was driving too fast when she crashed her car on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County, killing herself and a friend.
A third girl was hurt, but survived. All three attended Ste. Genevieve High School.
There are marks in the grass where the 1999 Grand AM the three girls were in swerved off of I-55 south of Festus. The car hit a tree and flipped into a steep drop-off. The driver, 17-year-old Danielle Pfaff, died at the scene.
Sixteen-year-old Zoe Rhymer died overnight at a hospital. A third girl, a 15-year-old Miranda Brown, survived and was hospitalized. All three girls were wearing seat belts.
Counselors are on hand for students at Ste. Genevieve High School. Unfortunately, this kind of grief is nothing new here. This school district has dealt with a lot of death this school year.
Just before the start of the school year, three siblings, a grade schooler, a middle schooler and a recent graduate, died in a car accident.
"In September, we lost one of our senior boys to a farming accident and that was very difficult for that class," said Ste. Genevieve Superintendent Shelley Jokerst. "He was a baseball player, and as the baseball season has started, those boys again are grieving."