The roads early Sunday afternoon- particularly Missouri (M) 116 about 4 miles northeast of Polo- were wet and slick.
It was there just after 1 p.m. Sunday that 15-year-old Casey L. Bolling- coming west from her hometown Cowgill- lost control of the 1999 Ford Contour she was driving- spun on the slick and wet pavement- and was struck by an eastbound 2009 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Kevin T. Smith of Polo.
In the pickup with the elder Smith was 13-year-old Parker Smith.
The Smiths were taken to Liberty Hospital by Caldwell County EMS with serious- but not life-threatening injuries- "moderate" according to the MO Highway Patrol report on the crash.
Ms. Bolling- a sophomore at Polo High school- died of her injuries at the crash scene.