Remembering Cutler Teen Who Died In ATV Accident

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Updated Fri, May 2, 2014 8:00 am

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There was something special about Danielle Church.

"I haven't met anyone like her. She was so outgoing, so nice to everyone she knew," said Hailey Murdock, a senior at Warren High.

Danielle lost her life in an ATV accident last weekend.

Since the tragedy, classmates are sticking together for support.

"That night, there was probably fifty students that stayed at the school until 2 am.. We didn't want to leave each other," said Taylor Foy, one of Danielle's friends.

Students are determined to keep Danielle's memory alive.

"The boys worked really hard on building the fence and the bench for the garden that we built for her," explained WHS senior Kendra Lynch.

Foy said she would have liked being in the spotlight.

"She'd be like... 'oh guys, did you see that picture of me in the newspaper?.. Oh guys, look at that!"

Danielle's passing has taught her loved ones a bittersweet lesson.

"I think that we cherish each other a lot more. And we realize that life is so important. And the people in it," explained Sarah Proctor, another good friend.

This article contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg.


An ATV crash has taken the life of a local teenager.

The Washington Co. Sheriff's Office said Danielle Church, 18, of Cutler died at Marietta Memorial Hospital Saturday night.

Church suffered severe head trauma after the ATV she was riding on crashed around 7 p.m. on Graham Rd. in Cutler.

Her older brother was driving the 2009 Polaris RZR 800.

Investigators say the ATV flipped onto its side on a private driveway, ejecting Church and her brother.

A reports from the sheriff's office said emergency crews performed CPR on-scene before Church was taken to Marietta Memorial.

"It was an example of probably too much speed for the conditions. They are enjoyable, a lot of fun, you can have a good time, but it's very important also to make sure you do it safely," said Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Sheriff Mincks said Church was originally going to be flown by helicopter to a Columbus hospital.

Church's Facenook site listed her as an employee of the Texas Roadhouse.

The accident is still under investigation.

This article contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg.

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