Students and staff of Vienna High School, as well as the Johnson County community, are still reeling after a single car crash last weekend left three teenagers dead and three others in critical condition in St. Louis hospitals.
The Illinois State Police responded at 2:46 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, to of Ozark Road. According to the preliminarily investigation, a 2010 Ford driven by Jordan Davidson, 18, of Vienna, was westbound on Ozark Road near Locust Street when it ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Davidson, a 17-year-old from Vienna and a 15-year-old from Vienna were killed in the accident. The juveniles were Aiden Roger Baker, a VHS sophomore, and Brayden Riley King, a VHS junior who transferred back to Vienna the previous week from Goreville. Davidson was a senior at Goreville.
Funeral services for King were held Wednesday at the Fellowship Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vienna. A graveside service honoring Baker was held Friday at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Vienna. A private service honoring Davidson was also held Friday.
Injured in the accident were two VHS sophomores, Max Koehler and Dylan Harris, and Macie Turvold, a student in Harrisburg, who formerly attended Massac and Joppa high schools. All three are in St. Louis hospitals.
A prayer vigil was held for the teens and their families Sunday night at VHS. While school was in session Monday, Oct. 27, the students and staff held prayer circles and spent the day writing notes and putting them on the victims’ lockers.
Vienna High School superintendent Joshua Stafford thanked the region for its “demonstrations of support (that) have been a major encouragement to everyone in our community. Please keep praying for the three students that are still undergoing medical treatment at this time, their families, along with the families and friends that have lost young men, and the communities involved. There is hope and we must keep hoping and praying.”
He said many have asked how to help the families monetarily. “The schools will receive monetary donations to be divided between the six families,” Stafford said.
Checks should be written to Vienna High School and memoed JoCo Strong. Donations can be mailed or brought to:
• Vienna High School — Attn: JoCo Strong, 601 N. First St., Vienna, IL 62995.
• Goreville High School — Attn: JoCo Strong, 201 S. Ferne Clyffe Rd., Goreville, IL 62939.
Donations can be made online at www.viennahighschool.com/resources/studentparentresources/online_paymen. Select JoCoStrong and complete the remaining required information.
Stafford said a Johnson County Strong shirt is being designed as a fundraiser for the families.
In addition, Miles Brothers Foods in Vienna is hosting a fundraiser for the families. The raffle is for a standard cut half hog. Tickets for the drawing, which will be held Friday, Nov. 6, are available during business hours. Tickets are one for $5 or three for $10.