Meredith McClure Death | Hannah Congdon Death – Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sara Monnat, and Katie Shirley passed away five days after graduating from Fairport High School on June 26, 2007. They were making their way to a cottage on Keuka Lake with the intention of spending their graduation weekend there.
At the intersection of Routes 5 and 20, in Bloomfield, their SUV was involved in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. Both cars caught fire immediately after the collision. According to the witnesses, there was no possibility of a rescue.
It was reported that Bailey Goodman, who was only 17 years old at the time, was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer at a speed of 60 miles per hour when he was involved in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer truck that was at the legal speed of 55 miles per hour. And according to the data kept by the phone company, a text message was received to Ms. Goodman’s mobile phone less than a minute before the crash was initially reported to 911 at 10:07 p.m.
It has been determined beyond a reasonable doubt that alcohol was not a contributor to the accident. According to preliminary findings from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, narcotics were not a factor. Ms. Goodman, along with passengers Meredith McClure, 17, Sara Monnat, 18, Hannah Congdon, and Katie Shirley, all 18, died as a consequence of injuries sustained in the crash, not from the fire that resulted from the collision and devoured the SUV. The results of the autopsy that were published showed this to be the case.
The sheriff’s office conducted a thorough investigation of the crash, which resulted in the issuance of the final report on the incident. It contains the findings of an accident-reconstruction team that investigated the charred SUV as well as the crash site. The findings cover everything from tire markings to the position of the SUV and the truck.
The parents of Ms. Goodman could not be reached this morning; however, Diane McClure, who is Meredith McClure’s mother, stated that the report brings some amount of closure, but little consolation.
After that terrible tragedy, a number of commemorative activities have been carried out in order to remember the young women and pay tribute to the short lives they had. One such event was the Fairport Angels Blood Drive, which took place most recently on June 15.
Meredith McClure was a standout athlete in a variety of sports, including cheerleading, lacrosse, swimming, diving, and snowboarding. She was an enthusiastic and energetic person who played the French horn and approached everything with the same spirit.
She participated in cheerleading at Fairport and Hempfield high schools in Pennsylvania as well as Synergy in Pennsylvania, where she won a number of individual and team trophies, including a number of national championships. Lifeguarding was her job at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, Lickety Splits, and Sentry Safe, all of which she worked at.
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