Stillman Valley is still coming to grips with this devastating tragedy that has ripped through this close knit community.

WIFR-TV is reporting that Ogle County sheriff office reports that that witnesses said the driver of the car with the teens ran a stop sign when it was then hit by a pick up truck. The two other teens who survived are in the hospital remain in stable condition.

The Meridian School District has released the following statement:

The Meridian School District is saddened to share that three senior girls were involved in a tragic car accident on Friday evening. Two of the students were airlifted to area hospitals; Emily Fleming was airlifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital and passed away Friday evening from her injuries. The other student was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital and remains in critical but stable condition. The third student was transported by ambulance to Swedish American Hospital and was later transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she remains in stable condition.


The Meridian School District is a strong, close-knit community that pulls together during times of need. We are thankful for the outpouring of support from our staff, community members, and our surrounding school districts.

Meridian CUSD also issued this statement late on Saturday night

A prayer vigil for is scheduled for Sunday, September 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Kishwaukee Church at 8195 Kishwaukee Rd in  Stillman Valley. Stillman Valley High School students welcome all area high school students to join them in an evening of prayer and praise.

When Stillman Schools open on Tuesday additional counselors from the area will be present in all Stillman Valley school buildings.

WIFR-TV reports that the coroner has preliminarily identified the driver of the truck. His name will not be released until early next week.

The names of the other cheerleaders hurt have not been released.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stillman Valley community.