One teen dead, three hurt in Illesheim car accident
May 30, 2007
A high school senior was killed and three others were injured in a single-car accident Monday night on Bundesstasse 13 near Illesheim, Germany.
Katherine Kimmel, 17, was killed.
Injured were Carolina Larmeu, 18; Catherine Delarosa, 18; and Byron Schafer, 18, said Jim Hughes, of the Ansbach Public Affairs Office, via e-mail Tuesday.
The three injured were transported by emergency crews from the scene to different hospitals in the region.
Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to a Middle Franconian German police report.
Kimmel and Larmeu, both seniors at Ansbach High School, were to graduate June 7.
Delarosa is a senior at Vilseck High School.
Schafer graduated from Vilseck last year.
Kimmel, who went by “Katie,” and was to turn 18 in July, lived in Illesheim, said Ansbach High’s principal, Jennifer Rowland.
Larmeu was in intensive care Wednesday, but Rowland said it was “more precautionary than anything.”
Word on whether she would be able to attend her graduation was unavailable.
“We had teachers read an announcement (regarding the accident) to the students this morning,” Rowland said, adding that opportunities for the students to visit with grief counselors or local garrison chaplain’s office representatives were made available.
Announcements were made after the next-of-kin for the dead and injured students had been notified, Rowland said.
Rowland also mentioned that pictures and messages in remembrance of Kimmel already were appearing on the walls of the school’s “senior hallway.”
Ansbach High has 40 seniors enrolled this year.
The German police report stated that around 9:45 p.m., the car involved went off a wet roadway while going around a curve, slid about 40 meters down a slope and forcefully hitting a tree along the car’s left side.
Kimmel, who was sitting in the back left passenger seat, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.
Two of the others who were sitting in the front seats had to be freed from the vehicle by emergency workers.
The third was able to get out of the vehicle, the report said.
The affected section of Highway B13 was closed for four hours.
All four teenagers were living in Germany as children of parents working for the U.S. military, and a memorial service for Kimmel has not been scheduled, Hughes said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by German police and military police officials.