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Local teen dies in accident
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A Mt. Sterling teen was killed Saturday morning in an accident on Quisenberry Road, according to authorities.

Whitney MacNeill, 18, reportedly fell out of a vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Coroner Jimmy Adams from multiple force trauma, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Lt. Ralph Charles said.

The accident was called in at 3:39 a.m. She was pronounced dead at 4:21 a.m., Adams said.

Charles said MacNeill was a passenger in a 2010 Toyota passenger car driven by Leslie Ginn, also 18 of Mt. Sterling. She was reportedly traveling from Owingsville Road toward the Quisenberry tunnel.

MacNeill reportedly tried to sit up in the window sill on the passenger side window of the door when she somehow fell out, Charles said.

He said it’s unclear whether alcohol played a factor in the accident, although alcohol use was suspected among two other passengers in the vehicle. Those passengers are not facing any charges.

Toxicology tests are pending for the driver, who could face charges if it is determined she was under the influence of any intoxicants, Charles said.
MacNeill was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, he said. Her body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy, Adams said.

The accident remains under investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
MacNeill was a 2018 graduate of Montgomery County High School.
Superintendent Matt Thompson offered condolences in a statement submitted to the Advocate.

“The Montgomery County Schools family mourns the passing of Whitney MacNeill,” Thompson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

He said counselors would be available at the high school to any students who needed them.

MacNeill was a participant in the FFA program while at MCHS. The program offered its condolences as well through a post on social media.
“Today heaven gained a beautiful young angel, Whitney MacNeill,” the post said. “She was a standout in the Ag classrooms and an active FFA member with such a bright future ahead of her. If everyone could remember her family and friends in your prayers tonight.”

Shanda Brewer commented on social media, “Just found out about Whitney MacNeill. Just saw her at CVS this week and gave her a big hug. I am so devastated.”

Charley McClain expressed heartbreak.

“R.I.P. Whitney. I can’t believe you’re gone,” McClain wrote. “You were such a beautiful person inside and out; I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you at camp. Until we meet again, I love you ...”

Christina Purdy wrote, “ Whitney MacNeill I will love you always. ... Gone but never forgotten. Please pray for this family!”

MacNeill is survived by her mother, Stephanie Workman Charles of Mt. Sterling; father, George MacNeill; two brothers, Glenn and Travis Asher; a sister, Chelsea Polinksy; maternal grandmother, Doreen Dishion; and paternal grandparents, George and Marion MacNeill.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Jeffersonville Assembly of God with Bro. Barney Bates officiating. Burial was in the Spruce Cemetery.

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