Teen dies, another ‘critical’ in Atchison crash

By Mary Meyers and Marcus Clem
News Press Now – September 17, 2018

Photo by Mary Meyers

A teenager died and another remains in critical condition after their car Sunday careened into a creek near a bridge in rural Atchison County, Kansas.

Atchison County Undersheriff Toby Smith announced Monday morning Zachary Armontrout, 16, of Rushville, Missouri, died earlier in the morning after being evacuated by medical helicopter to a Kansas City-area hospital. Regan Moger, 16, of Houston, Texas, remains in critical condition from the crash.

Three others, Phillip Saragusa, 16, of Atchison, Kansas, Aurora Dericotte, 14, of Stilwell, Kansas, and Hamilton Snyder, 14, of Capitola, California, are reported to have escaped the vehicle without significant injury after it entered Independence Creek about two miles north of Atchison. According to Smith, all of the teens are enrolled students of Maur Hill-Mount Academy, a Catholic boarding high school in Atchison.

On Sunday, Smith said at the scene that first responders extracted a gray sedan from Independence Creek, believed to have struck an object at the bridge over the creek at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle hit the object at high speed and entered the water and became inverted at some point during the incident. The car is believed to have been submerged in the creek for about 30 minutes before first responders managed to extract it, rescuing Armontrout and Moger.

Atchison County EMS transported the injured pair to Atchison Hospital. The medical helicopter took them on to Kansas City from there, before Armontrout died of his injuries Monday morning.


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