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