UPDATED - Girl killed in semi accident

DeWayne Bartels

Sarah E. Burt, 16, of Germantown Hills, Illinois died June 29 in an accident involving a semi.

Burt was killed at about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Routes 116 and 117.

“A teenage girl was struck by a semi,” Woodford County Sheriff James Pierceall said. “She was not in her vehicle.”

Pierceall would not speculate why the girl was outside her vehicle on the roadway.

“We're not commenting on that,” he said. “This is still under investigation.“

All other questions were referred to the Woodford County Coroner's office. The coroner did not return calls for comment.

Burt was born July 17, 1993 in Hoffman Estates, to Randy A. and Lisa A. (Hanner) Burt.

She was a student at Metamora Township High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was involved  in  the National Youth Leadership Program in Washington D.C. She was a member of Rebuilding Together in Peoria, and swam for many years with various swim clubs in the area. She was a lifeguard at the Metamora Pool and also volunteered for the swim team working with younger swimmers.

She was planning on going to pharmacy school after graduation.

Her obituary can be found under the obituaries tab on the Web site.