2 die, including teenager from Willard, Mo., in crash Sunday

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Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 8:54 AM CDT
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NEAR WILLARD, Mo. (KY3) - Two drivers, including a teenager, died in a crash Sunday afternoon near Willard.

Reese Johnson, 17, of Willard and Robert Hicks, 27, of Springfield died in the crash. A passenger with Hicks also suffered injuries in the crash. Johnson was a senior at Willard High School.

Troopers responded to the crash on Farm Road 105 north of Willard around 5 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say Hicks crossed the centerline, hitting Johnson’s car head-on.

The Willard School District released a statement to KY3 about Johnson’s death.

“It is with a heavy heart to inform you of the death of one of our senior students, Reese Johnson. Johnson was in a multi-vehicle car accident early Sunday evening. Willard High School will be providing grieving resources for our high school students throughout the day in the high school library. Willard Schools is also working closely with external partners Burrell Behavioral Health should their services be needed.”

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