- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) - A teenager who was honored as a military child of the year has died in a Missouri crash.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/24ajV0h ) reports that 17-year-old Zachary A. Parsons, of Warrensburg, died Monday on U.S. 50 east of Knob Noster. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says his Jeep ran off the right side of the road and struck a culvert. The SUV became airborne and overturned.

He apparently had been headed home from a program for high-schoolers interested in a career in the medical field.

Last year, Operation Homefront named Parsons Military Child of the Year for the National Guard. The national organization provides emergency financial assistance to military families. Each year, the group recognizes an outstanding military child from each branch of the service.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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