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Toddler dies from crash injuries


December 24, 2013 | 08:08 AM

A second child involved in a crash on Interstate 64 east of Corydon earlier this month died last Wednesday afternoon.

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Gavin McNulty, being held by his mother, Megan, and Ellie Williams, with her mother, Cory, prepare to release balloons as a Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home hearse carrying the remains of sisters Marissa Summers, 2, and Brynlee Summers, 11 months, passes by Lincoln Hills Christian Church en route for burial in Laconia Saturday afternoon. The girls died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash Dec. 12 on Interstate 64. Marissa died at the scene, and Brynlee passed away six days later. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)
Eleven-month-old Brynlee Summers passed away at Kosair Children's Hospital from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash near the 106.5-mile marker on the morning of Dec. 12.

Brynlee was a passenger in the back seat of a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer driven by her grandmother, 47-year-old Carla S. Yeager of Laconia.

Brynlee's older sister, Marissa Summers, 2, who also was riding in the rear seat of the SUV, died at the scene.

Yeager and her daughter, Kayla Yeager, the mother of Marissa and Brynlee, also of Laconia, who was riding in the front seat, were not seriously injured in the crash.

According to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept., Tory J. Krueger, 23, was driving a 2004 Nissan 350Z convertible west on I-64 when, at the 106.5-mile marker just after 9 a.m., for an unknown reason, the car veered off the south side of the road and through the grassy median. The Nissan slid sideways through the median into the eastbound lanes of traffic, where it was struck by the Mountaineer.

Krueger, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was traveling from Virginia Beach, Va., to Springfield, Mo., to spend Christmas with his family and friends. He was stationed in Portsmouth, Va., where he worked as a corpsman in the Naval hospital.

According to Krueger's obituary, he was a 2008 graduate of Kickapoo High School, where he participated in the orchestra, choir and swim team. He was pursuing a career in medicine with plans to become an officer and a doctor.

There was a memorial service Dec. 18 for Krueger at Abundant Life Church followed by burial in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, both in Springfield, Mo.

Brynlee and Marissa Summers were buried together Saturday at Otterbein Cemetery near Laconia. Their funeral took place at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon. People showed their support for the family by gathering at Lincoln Hills Christian Church to release helium balloons as the hearse passed by on its way to the cemetery.

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    Blessings
    January 01, 2014 | 06:35 AM

    I have just read the story about your family losing the second angel, just remember that heaven has two darling angels that loved their family very dearly. May the LORD bless the family.

    Angela Ward
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    Blessings
    January 01, 2014 | 06:39 AM

    May I offer my blessings and I shall pray for the best.

    Angela Ward
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