Former volleyball stars Carrie McCaw, Lesley Prather and daughters die in a highway accident in Missouri
Two former volleyball stars and their 12-year-old daughters died after a DUI suspect crashed into their van while traveling to a tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
Carrie Urton McCaw, 40, and Kacey McCaw were killed alongside Lesley Drury Prather, 44, and Rhyan Prather after Elijah Henderson, 29, lost control of his Ford F-250, owned by Sweeten Concrete from Wentzville, who dragged a generator.
The vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 64 in St. Charles County, arrived in western lanes near Highway 364 and hit the minibus that transported the two families directly from Louisville, Kentucky. The van then collided with an SUV on Friday at 10.38 am.
Witnesses rushed to the victims of the crash.
Carrie Urton McCaw (40) and Kacey McCaw were murdered Saturday morning alongside Lesley Drury Prather (44) and Rhyan Prather. They traveled to a tournament in Kansas City, Missouri
Elijah Henderson, 29, lost control of his Ford F-250, owned by Sweeten Concrete from Wentzville, who dragged a generator
Stephanie Huttegger said she “jumped over the crash barrier, jumped over the highway” and initially looked into the SUV where the occupants had non-life-threatening injuries.
“I don’t even know if cars were coming. I just left, “she said Fox 6.
“As a mother, as a parent, as a human being, it was terrible. It was horrible. The first car checked. They were two older people. They gave me thumbs up. “
Huttegger then checked the truck driver: “He is like:” I can breathe, but my legs are broken. “
When she looked at the mutilated wreck of the minibus and saw the two parents in front of the vehicle, Huttegger said she “knew immediately” that they had not survived.
However, she managed to free one of the children and tried to save her life with chest compressions for 12 minutes until the first responders took over.
The vehicle passed the median on Interstate 64 in St. Charles County and hit the minibus which then hit an SUV at 10.38 a.m.
Witnesses rushed to the victims of the crash, but could not save one child with resuscitation and the other could not be rescued from the car
Prather had four children with husband Justin, pictured with their daughter who was the victim
McCaw – who had four children with husband David – worked at a law firm in Kentucky
“I think they had airbags in the back, and we pushed it back a little, and then we saw the little girl,” Huttegger explained. “We just caught her, went to the grass, started CPR.”
Huttegger – who took an EMT training – and the other witness then broke the minibus window and tried to free the other child, but were unsuccessful. All four passengers died.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Charles County Prosecutor said the crash was a criminal investigation and charges against Henderson – who has a history of drug charges according to wave3 – can be expected.
Prather became a fireman in October 2016
The young girls played for KIVA Louisville Volleyball Club and each had three brothers and sisters.
Assumption High School posted on Facebook on Saturday: “The Assumption community is joining the St. Raphael and KIVA communities while we mourn the tragic loss of Carrie Urton McCaw, her daughter, Kacey, and their dear friends Lesley and Rhyan Prather.
“We send our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the McCaw and Prather families.”
Prather had four children with husband Justin. Her son Brennan placed a tribute on Instagram on Sunday.
“I’m not good at words. I still don’t believe it’s real and I miss you more and more every second. there is so much love down here and I know you watch, “Brennan began. “Rhyan, Mom and Dad always joked that I would work for you and that is quite true. You were always the smart one and I was always jealous. I miss you dear girl.
Mama – it’s the little things. filming our travels to chick to get milkshakes, the way you smell and the warmth I felt on your body when I hugged you. I miss it. I miss it all. “
Brennan also paid tribute to the others who died in the crash.
“Kasey and Carrie, you were all a family to me and there are no words to describe how I feel now. there is so much love for you too and you are all remembered and always will be, “he added.
“I love you all to the bottom of my heart and I know that you are in a better place now. I can’t wait to see you all again and be reunited. you were all too young, but heaven today has four very special angels. everything happens with a reason. Calm down. “
Prather played for the University of Louisville Volleyball Team from 1998 to 2001 and became a firefighter in October 2016.
The university team tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Cardinal Forever has died.”
“We are deeply saddened by those who got lost yesterday in the tragic car accident that traveled to a volleyball tournament,” said VP for athletics Vince Tyra in a statement. “It had a direct impact on our volleyball community in many ways, including Sarah Petkovic, our operational director for volleyball. She lost her sister and former Cardinal Lesley Prather and niece Rhyan in the accident.
“Prayers for the Prather and McCaw families, their extended families, the KIVA Volleyball family, the Louisville Fire Department and the Louisville Athletics family. They are missed but remembered. “
University of Louisville Volleyball team tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Cardinal Forever”
The young girls played for KIVA Louisville Volleyball Club. Prather is shown in a KIVA shirt after she has cut her hair. Her daughter Rhyan had three siblings
Brennan Prather paid a tribute to his mother and sister on Sunday
“We are grieving the tragic death of Engine 22 Firefighter Lesley Prather with a heavy heart and enormous sorrow,” wrote the Louisville fire department in a tribute to the four victims. “Lesley’s brother-in-law, Sash Petkovic, currently serves as a fireman in the division.”
McCaw is depicted with one of her sons during a cardinal game
McCaw’s grandfather Maj. Dave Urton withdrew from the LFD, who said that the community was “deeply saddened” by death.
McCaw – who had four children with husband David – started playing volleyball at Syracuse University in 1998 and started a career as a lawyer.
“The Syracuse Athletics family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of volleyball alumnae Carrie Urton McCaw ’98 and her daughter, Kacey,” Syracuse Volleyball tweeted. “Our thoughts are with their families and with the victims of the deadly crash in this incredibly difficult time.”
Ice Miller Legal Counsel said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to report the tragic death of Carrie Urton McCaw … Carrie was one of the founders of Ice Miller’s Collegiate Sports Practice many years ago. She was an excellent collegiate volleyball player at Syracuse University, and she brought her knowledge of collegiate sports and a tireless work ethic to her work at the Company.
“She was respected and trusted by many. Carrie was a wonderful friend and colleague, whom we all were happy to know. We are incredibly saddened by this sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very difficult time. Carrie will be missed by everyone. “
McCaw played volleyball at Syracuse University. Carrie was one of the founders of the Collegiate Sports Practice of the Ice Miller Legal Counsel and brought her knowledge of collegiate sport to the company