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Crash kills area teens

Monday, August 25, 2003

BERNIE -- Two Bernie teenagers were killed over the weekend after the vehicle they were traveling in struck a tree, ejecting them and another passenger.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, an accident occurred on Bowman Street in Bernie as motorist Darius C. Wooldridge, 16, lost control of his 2001 Jeep and ran off the roadway. the vehicle overturned and struck a tree.

Wooldridge and his passengers, Colton Z. Dill, 16, of Bernie and Shannon D. Tarkington, 17, of Bernie were ejected from the vehicle.

Wooldridge was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:50 p.m. by coroner Rick Cook. Tarkington was air evacuated to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where he died Sunday.

Dill received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center. Two other passengers, Jeremy R. Eubanks, 17, of Bernie and Brandon R. Shipman, 16, of Malden also sustained serious injuries, and Eubanks was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center.

Funeral information for Wooldridge and Tarkington can be found on page 5.