Tragedy on Highway 19 in Montgomery County - Area mourns death of Hermann High School senior Taylor Thompson

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 17-year-old Taylor Thompson of Hermann, Mo. was pronounced dead earlier this evening at University Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Mo.  MSHP reports that Thompson was traveling north on Hwy 19 when she crossed the center line striking an oncoming vehicle head on.

According to the MSHP the accident occurred around 2 p.m. this afternoon on Hwy 19 0.1 miles south of Porters Road.  Thompson was air lifted by ARCH Helicopter to University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Mo.

MSHP also reports that Thompson was not wearing a safety device.