Teen killed in car crash days before graduation

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MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – An 18-year-old senior at Maple Mountain High School was killed in a car crash just days before her graduation, police say.

On Monday Kathrynn Shaw was in a Hyundai SUV with three other girl heading south on Main Street. At about 7:30 p.m. police say a 17-year-old boy heading west on 1600 North crashed into their car.

The impact caused the SUV to roll. Shaw, 18, was ejected and later died from her injuries.

Everyone else involved, including the three girls in the SUV with Shaw and the two teens in the other car, were treated on scene for their injuries.

Nebo School District and Maple Mountain High School have counselors at the school to help students deal with this tragedy.

The Shaw family released a statement expressing their shock and sadness in Kathrynn’s death:
We are all in shock she is gone…. How do you replace the sun and its beautiful rays of light that nurtures and warms you from the inside out? That allows you to feel happiness and pure joy as if nothing else in the world matters? To be with Kathrynn, to talk with her, to hear her laugh was like soaking in warm rays of light that would brighten the darkest day and gloomiest night. Kathrynn had the rare ability and power to touch and bless all who knew and loved her. She seldom spoke ill of anyone and would get a little testy if you were judgmental toward others or didn’t practice what you preached. Her love for life and everyone in it was a beautiful thing to behold and something we can all strive to emulate. How do we go on without our bright, bubbly, happy, silly Kate – always quick with a smile or a silly face and hand jester to help brighten the day?
We were looking forward to seeing her walk with her many friends at commencement tomorrow and cheer her and her friends from the Maple Mountain class of 2017 onto new adventures, challenges, and hew heights. She was heading off to college on scholarship this fall.   She worked hard to be awarded a Regent Scholarship and to graduate with High Honors.
We love you Kathrynn and know you are home with our Heavenly Parents and other members of our family who have passed on. Though your time here in mortality was cut short, Your Life was a Blessing to Us All! You truly made a difference! So here’s to you my “Sweet Girl”-You graduate this life with HIGH HONORS!!! May we all be our best and do the same.
Nebo School District released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by this car accident and of the loss of one of our energetic, vivacious students, Kathrynn Shaw. Kathrynn was a ray of sunshine and a friend to all who knew her.
Kathrynn was a stellar student and planning on pursuing college on scholarship. She planned to go into nursing. As her family stated, “Kathrynn graduated this life with HIGH HONORS!!!”
Our heart-felt prayers go out to Kathrynn’s wonderful family and friends. Kathrynn will be deeply missed.”

The following message from the Shaw family was shared at graduation practice Tuesday: 

“Please tell the Maple Mountain High students we love them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathrynn’s friends and students. Just remember that Kathrynn’s smile and giggle are close. Kathrynn would want you to have so much fun today and at graduation!!!”
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help family with funeral expenses. Another account has also been set up at Rock Canyon Bank. Her family hopes to create a scholarship for nursing students in her honor.

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