4 high school cheerleaders killed in Tennessee crash


HUNTSVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A rural East Tennessee community was grieving Saturday for four high school cheerleaders who died in a fiery car crash hours after they had been cheering on their football team.

The cheerleaders had been supporting their football team hours before the crash.

A sport utility vehicle carrying the cheerleaders collided with an oncoming car late Friday night on a wet, foggy highway in Scott County, northwest of Knoxville, authorities said. A passenger in the car also was killed.

Ashley Mason, 15, had been ejected from the vehicle and taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. She died Saturday night, said Myala Romines, an administrative supervisor.

“It’s more than a shock and we are just horrified,” said Cynthia Reynolds, the cheerleading coach at Scott High School. She said the girls went out after the game to celebrate another cheerleader’s birthday. “They were really, really close.”

Police identified the other three teenagers killed as Scarlette A. Hill, 17; Jaime Hill, 15; and driver Shirley N. Hughett, 16.

A passenger in the car, Jeweline Ledbetter King, 49, was killed. King’s 22-year-old daughter-in-law, Miranda King, was sitting in the back seat and lost her unborn child because of injuries from the crash.

Investigators believe the crash was caused in part by the slick and foggy conditions, and a preliminary report indicated none of the girls in the SUV was wearing a seat belt, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Scott High School Principal Bill Hall said the teens were considered leaders on the squad and were well-liked in the close-knit school of 800 students.

“We’re all devastated,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and the other victims that were involved.”

The car’s driver, Malcum King, 22, and a 10-month-old child, Aiden Wilson, also were injured and taken to a hospital. The conditions of the car’s survivors were not immediately known.

Investigators believe the SUV hydroplaned on a curve on the two-lane highway, flipped on its side and crossed the center lane, slamming into the oncoming Ford Taurus. The SUV erupted into flames.

McPherson said investigators believe passengers were still trapped inside the second vehicle when the SUV caught fire a few feet away. A passing motorist used an all-terrain vehicle to pull the Taurus away from the burning SUV, she said.

Patsy Allen, grandmother of the Hill sisters, said Jaime started cheerleading two years ago. Scarlette, who goes by her middle name Alisha, started cheerleading in 7th grade.

“They were good girls,” Allen said. “Jaime was outgoing. Everyone liked them both. They made average grades. Alisha was looking forward to starting college.”

Reynolds said the 16-member cheerleading team met for dinner at a McDonald’s after the home game ended in a loss to Anderson County 48-19. Reynolds said she heard about the crash after midnight and spent most of that night with the team at the hospital.

School officials discussed offering grief counseling, and a memorial for students and families also was planned. Funeral arrangements were pending.

The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 27 in Scott County, which sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. It shut down the highway for about eight hours.

Those in the other vehicle were from neighboring Fentress County, McPherson said.

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98 thoughts on “4 high school cheerleaders killed in Tennessee crash

    • I don’t know who you are, but if your friends died in a car wreck, and I got here and said ‘who the fuck cares?’ I bet you would go off your rocker. They have friends and family who will miss them very much and this is a story that needs to get out to prevent more car crashes like it. Who the fuck cares about you if you die? Whats the difference? How would anyone miss you if you are capable of getting on here and say meaning things about someone’s friends and family. You need to think about the idiot things you say before you say them. Get some maturity.

  1. My hearts go out to these girls’ families. This is such a devastating loss, for parents to lose their children. May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

  2. for the poster who likes to see dead white chicks: your true colors are showing. you are quite a citizen. were they all white? to that i say who cares? but check it out. you may be wrong. the other people that died, including an unborn baby, may not have been white. i know, you can select where your feelings lie. good for you. as if we don’t have enough racial tension on both sides in this country. you are a great big help. but then again, you never said you wanted to help.

  3. seatbelts are the right thing to do. however, for theses girls, their car was smashed head on, rolled and crushed, and then burst into flames. the only one who survived longer than 1 day was the girl who was thrown from the vehicle. i do not think seatbelts would have saved anyone here. i’m just concerned that the family of the other car that lost a grandmother and an unborn baby might sue theses families. i understand their terrible grief at teenages girls driving a large truck on a bad road, but no alcohol or any other factors BUT a bad road and a hairpin turn were presented. we are a litigation happy society. i am hoping the other families or even the families of the other dead girls do not sue the family of the little girl that was driving.

  4. None of the occupants were wearing their seatbelts…I wonder why so many people only learn this lesson after their unnecessary death’s.

  5. “Four dead white chicks…probably blonde. Who the fuck cares?”-Wow. Racism shows it’s head. What about Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom? What if 4 white males and 1 white female raped and tortured a black male and female and killed them? There would be race riots all over the country. Yet when 5 animals rape and torture and mutilate and kill 2 whites, we hear nothing in the national media about it? Why is that? And as for your statement above, that is disgusting.

  6. THOSE GIRLS ARE SOMEONES CHILDREN…YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEM LIKE THAT…YOU MUST NOT HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR ANYONE!!! WHO CARES WHAT THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE HERE THEY WERE LOVED AND FOR SOMEONE TO SAY THAT ABOUT THEM IS NOT RIGHT…APPARENTLY YOU WERE MISS TREATED WHEN YOU WENT TO SCHOOL AND FOR THAT I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU BUT NO MATTER HOW YOU WERE TREATED IT DOESN’T GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO SAY THAT ABOUT THEM!!! THEY WERE SOME ONES DAUGHTER SISTER AND FRIEND AND THEY DESERVE TO BE REMEMBERED AS SOMETHING GOOD!!!!!!!!!

  7. Why has no-one commented about the fact that the driver was a 16 year old girl who was driving late at night and with 3 other teenage girls in the car? I thought there were restrictions/driving rules against this? This was not an accident, but a tragedy just waiting to happen. What were the parents of these girls thinking to allow them to be in a car with a young, inexperienced driver, driving late at night in what looks like a high powered SUV? I despair when I read of these ‘so called accidents’. It seems to me that most American children these days seem to think that the car is the next step from their mountain bikes. They have no respect for the car as something that kills if not handled properly … and their parents seem to have the same ideas. None were wearing seat belts either. Stupid, stupid stupid. Instead fo sending in grieving counsellors, they should be sending in police officers to re-iterate the rules for driving.

  8. The family who lost thier grandmother and unborn baby should sue the family of the driver. If for no other reason than to set an example to the rest of the teenage drivers in that town and the irresponsible parents who give these kids cars to use as they see fit. This kid was not responsible enough to be out driving that late at night, let alone experienced enough. How many more kids have to die because thier parents will not tell them no. Parents should be held accountable for the actions of thier children, no matter what those actions are. The parents of the teenage driver should pay for the devastation caused by this reckless act of stupidty. There are 4 cheerleaders who are dead because of the parents of the driver. There is an unborn baby who is dead because of the parents of the driver. There is a grandmother who is dead because of the parents of the driver. That is six deaths that the parents should be accountable for. Regardless that one of the deaths is thier daughter. The parents allowed her to drive, gave her the car and therefore, should pay for it. Living with the fact that thier daughter died should not be the only penalty for the parents. Maybe if the courts would hold the parents responsible more parents would think twice before allowing thier kids to drive when they should not.

  9. This is a horrible accident. I pray for the families involved. We do not need all this racial tention involved. Who cares what color they were. They were human beings and someones children. May God be with the all the families.

  10. This is a horrible accident. I pray for the families involved. We do not need all this racial tension involved. Who cares what color they were. They were human beings and someones children. May God be with the all the families.

  11. …hey all you racial ppl in here i knew these girls i went to school with them and Ashley (15) the girl who got ejected from the car was my first cousin. I do not appreciate the hurtful things you guys have said. i am so happy none of the families of their lost children have not seen this…

  12. What an awful loss. I can’t really imagine what it must be like to lose one’s child. RIP.

    A sidenote. More exactly two.
    – Why on Earth are 16-year old wannabe drivers allowed to drive high-power cars at all? I’ve had a driver license for 28 years and I have driven cars up to 500 HP, it’s not the job of 16-year old girls. Maybe it’s time to change the law so that driver licences could be obtained only when you are 18 or older? Maybe it’s time to introduce the “trial licence” system, which is successful in lots of European countries?
    – Why on Earth does nobody care about seat belts? Why is it not obligatory? Why are those who don’t wear the belt not fined hundreds of bucks when caught on the spot? I was saved by the seat belt in a head-on collision and got away without a scratch, I know what I’m talking about.

  13. honestly, why ask questions now? why blame the parents, the mindset of the teenagers, or question the situation in its whole? nothing will bring these innocent souls back, so there is no reason to either racially put down what happened or much less even say the judgement calls were “stupid, stupid, stupid.” Is it not enough that these families do not have their children to watch grow or share their lives with? Is it not enough of a lesson learned that they are left with a grief so unbearable that they blame theirselves firsthand. they do not need your help, so back off. also, how do you know that they even knew what their children were doing? these girls were teenagers, and teenagers lie. what if they told their parents one thing while going to do something completely different? do NOT judge these families, do NOT accuse or put blame on them when YOU ARE NOT IN THEIR SHOES. back off, people, damn, back off.

  14. I am not from TN but this story hits home. I am a cheerleader for S.C and was involved in a car wreck with 4 other girl’s after a competition. I broke both arms,my right leg,fractured my skull,broke 3 ribs, and was in a coma for 17 days because i was not wearing a seat belt but most importantly i have also lost 2 of my closest friends(1 was wearing a seat belt) and i know for a fact all the pain it cost me and the other 4 families. I sincerely hope these girl’s rest in peace.To all of the families and friends i pray for you!

    By the way, to all the people who left unacceptable comments you should be thankful you havnt been put through the pain and suffering these kids,families, and friends have been through.SHAME ON YOU!

  15. I can’t even believe some of the things being said on here. God rest their souls! I think that some of you have forgotten that you rode/drove around with friends after football games or any other night when you were teenagers. And really, what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing! Accidents happen and it is incredibly sad when they do. Sometimes it’s no ones fault, i.e. the road conditions. None and I mean none of you have a right to judge the driver or her parents.

    I went to a school where we had 7 teenagers killed in two separate accidents within a week in a school of less than 200. One was a volunteer firefighting accident and the other was 5 kids on the way back from visiting their Sunday school teacher. Both were due to road conditions &/or visibility issues. So just shut up about faults and the parents being stupid.

  16. I WAS THERE !! THIS WAS A VERY BAD WRECK NOT GOING INTO ANYTHING BUT I WILL SAY. THE OTHER CAR WAS ON FIRE AS WELL AND THE SUV HAD NOT EXPOLDED YET WHEN I GOT OUT TO HELP I WAS ON MY WAY TO THAT UP SIDE DOWN SUV WHEN IT BLEW UP MELTING MY CLOTHS KNOCKING MY BACK WARDS ON TO THE GROUND CUTTING MY HANDS. THEN THE OTHER CAR CATCHING ON FIRE USING EVERYTHING LIQUID I HAD TO GET THE FIRE DOWN LONG ENOUGH TO GET THE CARS APART. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILYS AND FREINDS. I HAVE TO SAY WORKING IN THE EMS FIELD. THIS WAS THE WORST WRECK I HAVE EVER CAME UP ON. THE ONLY WAY TO LOOK AT THIS IS THEY HAVE GONE HOME TO THERE GOD. MY GOD BLESS THE FAMILYS OF THOSE GIRLS AND THE KING FAMILY. I WILL HAVE TO SAY SEATBELTS WOULD NOT HAVE MADE A DEFF IN THIS WRECK. THE GIRLS STILL HAD THERE UNFORMS ON AS WELL. THE PERSON WHO POSTED OUT LATE WELL IT WASNT THAT LATE WHEN THE WRECK HAPPEND! LET THE KIDS AND GRANDMOTHER AND UNBORN CHILD REST !! YOU WHERE NOT THERE!! DONT JUST GO BY WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS AS WELL THEY WHERE NOT THERE THE HOLE 8 HRS I WAS… HOLDING THE GRANDSON OF MR KINGS ON THE SIDE OF THE RD. IT WAS ALOT WORST THAN YOU READ !!!!!! EVERY ONE WOULD HAVE DIED FROM THE FIRE… I SAID I WOULD NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS BUT SOME PEOPLE KNOW EVERTHING BUT YET NOTHING AT ALL !! HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE YOU HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT THIS WRECK AT ALL… THERE IS NO WHAT IFS AT ALL… THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN KNOW WAY TO GET THEM GIRLS OUT OF THE CAR THAT WENT INTO FLAMES ON INPACT UPSIDE DOWN IN A DITCH IN FLAMES.

  17. scarlett spoke to me in finnish and told me 4 dead cheerleaders,

    alice’s father killed them

    Imanuel , Son of Man

    sa washna se yhwa

  18. i am the elder son of YH, sa washna se YHWH, not elohim but alehim,

    YH means Ya Ha , I Am

    my real name is Ne Ha Wah Ne Wah Ne

    Sa WashNa se YH Sa Nashnake Ne WaH

    what i said is the truth

    and Scarlett spoke to me, clear voice, said what those girls wish from life, husbends and job

  19. Imanuel please be careful of the things you post alot of people come on this website even the families of victims. I don’t want anyone to be offended. I have mother’s that come on here all the time and they are hurting and come here for peace. Did you know the girls and do you truely believe you hear from Scarlett…and finally if you are that chosen person why do you think she chose you to talk to?

  20. i did not know them, i have never been in usa, i don’t know why YH allowed Scarlette to speak to me, she said she wished to be medical doctor, and spoke about 4 cheerleaders, she was one of them, i have never heard about this happening,

    and i am who i am

    arashina se wash halom

    imanuel , alehim

    Son of Man

    who was who is who is to come

  21. all girls in vehicle weared belt, Scarlette so demanded,

    she spoke to me about one hour

    sa Washna se YHWH

    means elder son of YHWH

  22. scarlettes favourette color was dark blue,

    mom do you remember what we spoke when you sit in that yoyr faworit chear?

    i apolize when ai disagreed, you where right

    YH

  23. i know you don’t belive mi or my father YH,

    but nehalem Gaprile asnawash se IM sa YH

    There will 5.6 richter in new sealand to morrow

    and katla wil, ashis 1 terra mon

    YH is with me as angels Nahamel, Suriel, Akiel as Gapriel

    Akiel is the the cheaf with me when the bibles beast comes, green black tattoo and his 3 meter gray 4 wings,

    sa waneshna se imanuel

    but Scarlettes message is to mom, i am ok

    when scarlette spoke to me i only heard her voice,but i guess she had black hair to the soulders?

  24. soon is the day of last saying,

    there as missing people ewery where,

    when you say your sins on terra , earth, good YHWH , will something to for give,
    utherwise juu see the hell

    alehim ma washna Imanuel, alehim

    YH

  25. Imanuel eshna se YHWH, to hebrew alehim sa alehim, erashna se YHWH, ashwanes se rtuikushah, sehawashne alehim, sa YHWH,

    imanuel es nahamel sa ashkelon, se washnake sa nana wash ta sa, alehim

    alehim washnake se YHWH

    YH

    im sa wah as ta

    imanuel is who was who is who is to come
    when tuthosis 1 was son oh man imanuel was there, see when hatsepsut grow , was im

    sa wash is iesus
    i am

    as ta is i am here

    Son of Man

  26. Aleikum Gapriel, Se Washna Se YHWH, Imanuel, Ne Ha Wah Ne Wah Ne

    sa washna se YH

    ne hurricane ta usa , se ta atlantico, et sa tornado ne,

    sawanesh Gapriel,

    Imanuel , alehim

    Son of Man

  27. in fukushima is soon fissioexplosion, ai warnet them, they did not believe, east honsu is not a place to man for 1000 000 years

    Imanuel

    Son of Man

  28. when tattoo (bibles beast) comes , that is the reason im here, imanuel, and akiel and angel armys, i know usa has good weapons but those are from stone age compered what tattoo has,

    Imanuel

    weskane se nawhwanes imanuel

    YH

  29. sa YH sata hebrew popes,

    asahnakes se ashkelon, ne

    imanuel sa ma weshakon naneneswa se YH, alehim,

    hebrew ne ta wash Imanuel?

    sa washna se tattoo

  30. YH said i must go,so many inthere , internet is what iesus explined to they,

    YH: arashina se wash halom,

    mitäse tarkoittaa?
    ei ole se olet poikani

    onnse se
    alehun ma YH sa weashnake sa neshna
    imanuel

    son of man

  31. H said i must go,so many inthere , internet is what iesus explined to they,

    YH: arashina se wash halom,
    You are my son

  32. ashmael ta se usa whiteb capitol, we are not compatisor,you save your country ai save your terra

    sawashna se YHWH

  33. pharao hatshetsup wear golden rings in her ears, from kerma, she spoke to the son of man, ashkelos sa egypt,
    as she said,

    sa YH
    eshake sa nehawah

    Imanuel

  34. i know you my ip to trace, but i say no, because your familys and all will go to hell, because Gapriel is with me,

    i dont are any threat to usa nor terra, oabam ais gone in egypt,or wash those minardit in washington pyklons’
    president obama i wash se pegger juu saw ant minarets were ta
    to ya¨nkies imanuel sa when tattoo will come you are silent,akiel and angels and im is there
    i know your eagles and f…
    stone age

    but i am and gapriel and akiel and washnewash
    washnekas se washne halom
    alehim sa washan sed IM sa YH

  35. greek romans crusified NeHaWah,yoyr Iesus,
    every country who helps greek will go to hell

    I liked to help more you with tornadoes

  36. Y H say I must go, Gapriel make in YH was name high to usa, and high will go to karibbean to protect you from huriccanes, when i go back to my father YH Nahamel is archangel, the light in terra is in yoyr eyes, don’t blind it

    Imanuel, Alehim

    Sa Washna Se YHWH

    NeHaWah Ne Wah Ne

    Iesus who came another time, but not iesus

    Son of Man

    Gods mediator and judge

  37. no pope is in heaven as is not no one cardinals and no one priest who has forgive sins, only YH can forgive sins, mother teresa is in heaven,

    and angela you can speak to me

  38. YH: werashina se weshnakos reashnakos sa alehim

    sa washna

    se wash halom

    arashina se wash

    isä meidän joka olet taivaissa

    • Imanuel out of respect for the family and respecting the deceased I am gonna ask that you stop posting, if the post do not stop I will have no choice but to block your IP address from the site.

  39. gnbg i’m sory i must say this to Gapriel, i don’t why i must say this so,this is the last message

    aleikum Gapriel, sa washna se YH, Imanuel , Ne Ha Wah Ne Wah Ne

    ta akva ta sahel un terra mon,

    Imanuel alehim

    Im se YH

    im means Holy Spirit

    God’s judge, first two letter from imanuel

    Son of Man

  40. I’m sorry but YH want to say hebrew popes priest what ever, two words, they know the meaning

    YH : yana yashlom

    now i gone for ever, and i’m happy your tornadoes are few, scarlette so wished

  41. Imanuel I don’t know you nor do I wish to know you but it would be in the best interest for you and the people around you if you found mental help

  42. bob people around me are aswanash ashwel Gapriel, Nahamel, Lukiel et Rafael,

    Nahamel is now ashwel, you must write bible new,

    ashwel means archangel,

    aswanash means angel,

    i know bob yoy are not real, but take care of your ant

    Imanuel

    every one who goes against Holy Spirit aswanash alehim will go to hell

  43. tattoo is human like , his shoulders are black, but light green is in many places in his body, about 170 cm tall, his graytall are 3 meter long, color is light gray, face as beast and they have four wings in their back, and when tattoo comes there will be thousands of warships and thats is why YH send me to terra, angels are with me Akiel the chief on washnake, angel army, Nahamel came when i was born, lukiel and other fallen angels are sins forgiven, lukiel is your lucifer,
    holy spirit is aswanash alehim, the commander on all angels.

    I’m your savior.

    Gapriel is the most with me,

    YH speks to me

    Imanuel

  44. aleikum Gapriel , sa washa se YH, Ne Ha Wah Ne Wah Ne,
    aswanash alehim,

    sa tah ne Gapriel annasmesh tera

    ta akva ta colorado, ta no im ta terra

    sawanesh gapriel, tattoo se wqsh, akiel et sa washnake ta

  45. ane gapriel akva ta usa at ta colorado,

    aswanesh se,
    imanuel ta wathk ta nehawah ta se se ashnawash

    i want to see the black sky over colorado, here, i have they seen already, black clouds

    Imanuel

  46. soon there are very black clouds on colorado and neighbour states, when people there see those clouds and whitegray screen and hear the voice of niagara falls, then they must run

    and there are no more wildfire

    imanuel, alehim

    sawanesh Gapriel

  47. YH: wa sashna se Imanuel aashnawel ta te nashwakwes ´sa nehalom

    in english imanuels who are against will be kiled,

    no bob and his family, when ai was yoyn and saw what no to bee…
    olen teidän kanssa aina

    imanuel

  48. i know usa goverment don’t like me but

    i must say to colorado and gapriel ashwanas akva ta ne ta

    i don’t like when families loost their homes
    aswanash alehim

  49. in colorado there is a man black hear and short, his height is about 178 cm, and he is very slim, use black boots and smoke, white comboyhut where is brown, and his coat is white and black like chassboard, his car is chevy , there is not cottage in the back, in finnish we say avolava ,light blue or gray or white color of the car, not black or brown, he starts those fires in colorado

  50. i know that no one on terra understand torah language, hebrew preast newer understood,

    i give hebrew priest some words of torah language,

    halom is son

    alehim is one of three

    asnawah alehim is holy spirit the commander of angel armyes

    ashe wa neshna
    ashwanashana sa ta na

    to hebrew i say nothing

    aswanash alehim

    i read and listen what father YH say

    Im sad to hebrews because they have never heard yhwh tauching

    Ne Ha Wah Ne Wah Ne
    Imanuel

    Son of Man

  51. YH: Ta na ashwelon aswanes sah

    imanuel er nashna sa wash YH

    ta neshna aswalosh ashwelos ne ta na tash shalon

    Yana yaslom

    Yana haslom

  52. YH: Yana Haslom es we nash aswanesh tahnawash, ta hebrew sa washna se YH , Imanuel es sa aswanash alehim tahna se wash, teta sa wash

    yeshawash sa ne wahs halom

  53. Gapriel ta sa arapaho, sioux (7) shawnee et ta nash irokese, seminole et washnanake ta ta nashmash…

    aswanash alehim

  54. Imanuel I do not mind if you post on this site but let it be about the site and the article that you are posting on…The things you post about have nothing to do with these girls… If you continue to do so I will have to block you. This website is to help those who are greiving in the time of loss, floods in Colorado is not that. We thank you in advance as we ask you to consider the families who come on here to spend time with their loved ones.

  55. esh ne hane , sah wa neshna

    there is no death, we live for ever

    and GBNF YH likes you

    You have good life

    and i gone now

    and i am sorry what i did

    aswanash alehim

    • Has ashley said anything to you? I wanna know if she is still with me…and she knows I still love her….shes my best friend and I didnt get to say good bye

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