RICHLAND, Mo. -- A school teacher from Richland died from injuries that she sustained in a crash west of St. Louis. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Mary Muxlow, 27, was riding in a car that was hit by another car on Interstate 44 near Eureka.
Muxlow's husband, Chad, and son, Chase, 16, are being treated for serious injuries. Their 10-year-old daughter, Anna, and 7-year-old son, Tyler, sustained moderate injuries.
The driver of the car that hit them, Joshua Passiglia, 20, of St. Louis also died. The driver of a third vehicle in the crash, Kathy Neiger, 54, of High Ridge is not hurt. The accident was just before 5 p.m. near Antire Road.
The Highway Patrol say Passiglia lost control of his eastbound car, crossed the center median and struck the front of the Muxlows' westbound car, rolling over the top of it. Passiglia, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. His car became airborne and struck Neiger's car, which had stopped on the right shoulder. Passiglia died at the scene. Muxlow died at a hospital in Fenton about 12:30 a.m. Monday after being taken there by a helicopter ambulance. The Muxlows were all wearing seat belts.
Muxlow taught a third grade class at Richland Elementary School.
The classroom she worked so hard on all summer long, now sits empty.
Mrs. Muxlow's third graders just finished one of their teachers favorite assignments, making cut-out owls, which Mary loved.
"We just told them it's okay to cry, we're all upset we all just can't imagine this happening," said Richland's Elementary Principal Staci Brown.
Her 24 third graders were shocked to hear the tragic news.
Just Friday, Mary Muxlow was with them, now she is not coming back.
"She was so full of life and energy and always happy, always had a smile on her face," Brown said.
She offered words of encouragement at what would be her last faculty meeting.
"I said does anyone have any questions or comments or concerns. Mary said I think we're all doing a great job I'm so proud of all of us and I told the kids that's what we need to do is make Mary proud of us now," said Brown.
Mary and her husband and three kids were headed home from a family outing weekend in St. Louis.
"They did see the car coming is what I'm being told and Mary screamed and said the car is coming at them and so they did see it going to happen," Brown explained.
She says the news is devastating, and truly unbelievable.
"It's a very ironic situation. Mary came to us in the middle of a school year because we had a teacher who had pancreatic cancer. So getting these phone calls and hearing the despair in everyone's voice that it wasn't looking good that's all I could think of is how she came and was our saving grace and stepped in for us when we really needed a good person to step up and do a good job," Staci Brown said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times