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Fatal traffic crash kills 7-year-old

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Carbondale Times 

A fatal traffic crash Tuesday resulted in the death of a juvenile, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. 

At about 3:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a head-on traffic crash on Union School Road, near Skidmore Road, in rural Ava. 

A preliminary investigation revealed a silver 1999 Buick Century, being driving by Jennifer Bryant, 40, of Carbondale, was traveling northbound on Union School Road. A white 2013 Mazda, being driving by a 17-year-old from Ava, was traveling the opposite direction. The two vehicles collided at the crest of the hill near Skidmore Road. 

Bryant and the juvenile had to to be extricated from the vehicles. A 7-year-old female passenger was in Bryant's vehicle. All parties were taken to a St. Louis hospital. 

The 7-year-old died Tuesday night in the hospital. 

The sheriff's office is withholding her name, along with the 17-year-old female as of Wednesday afternoon. 

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