Demopolis High student Hope Vann dies in car accident; four others injured

Hope-Vann_2105A Sunday morning car accident near the 76 mile marker of I-59 in Tuscaloosa County claimed the life of Demopolis High School sophomore Katie-Elizabeth Hope Vann.

Vann, 15 of Gallion, was a member of the Demopolis High School dance line. She was the daughter of Barbara Malone Hodge and Tim Vann.

Vann was killed when the 2002 Ford Explorer in which she was a passenger left the roadway and overturned. Vann, who was not using a seat belt, according to an ALEA release, was ejected and seriously injured. She was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, where she was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.

The vehicle’s driver, Valorie Racheal Eicher, 16, of Alexander City, also was transported to the same hospital, as were passengers Mycah Patrick, 14, of Pine Hill; Tristin Eicher, 15, of Newbern; and Cody Vallinger, 18, also of Newbern. The crash occurred at 9:20 a.m. on Interstate 59 near the 76 mile marker, one mile east of Tuscaloosa. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

All Demopolis City Schools counselors as well as local clergy will be on the campus of Demopolis High School Monday to extend services to students.

The West Alabama Watchman extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Hope Vann.