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Two car accident takes life of teen

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Accident at 171 and 43The Hoopes family of Carroll County is dealing with tragedy for the second time in four months.

McKayla Hoopes was involved in a serious accident June 11 and spent months recuperating from her injuries. On Thursday (Sept. 27), the 16-year-old was killed in an auto accident at the intersection of SR 43 and SR 171 north of Carrollton.

Four others were injured in the fatal crash, which occurred on a rainy afternoon at about 3:29 p.m.

Hoopes, of 11 Arrow Rd., Carrollton, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero westbound on SR 171, She stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of SR 43. Hoopes then drove into the intersection where her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Sherri L. Agler, 49, of 121 W.

Mohawk Dr., Malvern, that was driving northbound on SR 43. Agler was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, which struck the Hoopes vehicle in the driver's door.

Hoopes was transported to Aultman Hospital at Canton where she was pronounced dead. Passengers in her vehicle, Matthew A. Hoopes, 14, and Robert M. Hoopes, 10, were transported to Aultman Hospital. A third passenger in the vehicle, Stephanie Kelly, 16, was transported Akron Children's Hospital where she remained Friday morning. The hospital would not release her condition.

Agler was transported to Aultman Hospital.

All involved were wearing seatbelts. Troopers said alcohol is not suspected and the crash remains under investigation.

Hoopes and Kelly were injured in the June 11 accident, which occurred on Folsom Rd.  In that accident, Kelly was driving a Chevy Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that dropped off the road into a ditch. Kelly lost control of the vehicle sending it across the road where it struck an embankment and rolled. McKayla was ejected from the vehicle and suffered bleeding on the brain, a blood clot and severe facial, neck and skull fractures. She went through an extensive rehabilitation and recovery process, including spending time in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After her release, she continued to undergo rehabilitation for five-to-six hours each day.

The youth group at Pleasant Grove Church sponsored a benefit garage sale in July to help with medical expenses.

She was a junior at Carrollton High School where she was a cheerleader and a wrestling statistician.

Carrollton High School Principal Dave Davis said local pastors were in the school to help students deal with the situation. Students were free to come and go from classes to visit with counselors.

"We are here for them today," he said. "All the students and teachers are numb. These things are not supposed to happen. McKayla was a great kid, a hard worker and a fighter who was always smiling. She fought hard to come back from her previous accident. This is such a tragedy." 

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