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'Miss McGregor Teen' 2019 dies in crash after running stop

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 19:31:05-05

MCGREGOR, TX — A 16-year-old from McGregor died in a car crash Sunday after she ran a stop.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, around 8:41 p.m. on January 5, Troopers responded to a major crash at the intersection of US 84 and CR 185 about 2 miles west of Oglesby in Coryell County.

DPS says a Chevrolet passenger car traveling southbound on CR 185 disregarded a stop and crashed into a Ford pickup truck that was traveling westbound on US 84.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 16-year-old Cordelia Sloan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford was transported to Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville to be evaluated.

DPS says the investigation is still active and ongoing.

Cordelia Sloan was crowned "Miss McGregor Teen" 2019 in September.

"Our organization lost a precious soul last night," Miss McGregor Founder's Day posted on Facebook. "Cordelia Sloan will be greatly missed. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and community at this time of loss."

McGregor Independent School District released a statement saying, "The McGregor ISD family is saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Cordelia Sloan. Cordelia was an active member of the high school student body. She was a cheerleader, a member of PALs, a member of the MHS Interact Club, and a student athlete...Cordelia always had a smile on her face; she will be greatly missed. We offer our condolences to the Sloan family."

They said staff counselors, members of the McGregor Ministerial Alliance, and the ESC 12 Crisis response team will be available for students and staff when they return to campus.

McGregor's Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture also posted in honor of Sloan.

"We love you McGregor, TX. Through everything, our great little city endures and triumphs and comes together like family. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Sloan family today, the ISD, our students, teachers, our citizens, our church families, our businesses and our organizations who are all impacted by the loss of one of our own bright stars."

The Sloan Family told 25 News they're grateful for the love and support from their community and they hope others will live as their daughter did, with love, a magnetic heart and a contagious spirit.

"I think somehow, I don't know if its was in her DNA or what, but I think she knew that 16 years and 9 months was what she had -- and she put everything she is into it" said Terry Sloan, Cordelia's Father.

"She didn't do things slowly, I mean she was always going, she didn't like to run but we heard she liked to skip" said Carrie Slaon, Cordelia's Mother.

Cordelia's visitation and funeral will be held Monday January 13 at the McGregor Exchange.

Visitation will be from 9 AM to 12 PM and the Funeral at 2 PM.

The Sloan Family asks if you can to wear their daughter's favorite shoes, crocks, to the services.