Teen dies of injuries from car crash

A Bargersville teen was known for her sense of humor and being a positive role model and source of encouragement to the younger dancers at the studio where she danced.

Moyra McCain, 16, a junior at Franklin Community High School, died Monday from injuries she suffered in an accident Feb. 13, according to the Marion County Coroner’s Office.

McCain had been a student at Style Dance Academy in Franklin for 10 years, where her passions included jazz, lyrical and hip-hop performances, said Kari Kermode, the owner of the dance studio.

“She was a bright light in the studio,” Kermode said. “She was here four to five nights a week. She had a sense of humor that no one can match. There was always a funny story coming from her.”

When younger students would get nervous before a performance, McCain was there to give them a word of encouragement or say something funny to help ease their nerves, Kermode said.

McCain had a prominent spot in one of the dance studio’s upcoming hip-hop productions, and they plan to leave the spot open in remembrance of her when they begin performing later this week, Kermode said.

The studio also is considering setting up a memorial, Kermode said.

A celebration of life is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the performing arts center at Franklin Community High School. Fellow students will be performing dance routines in McCain’s memory, Kermode said.

McCain is the second Johnson County teen to be killed in a car crash this month. Last week, 17-year-old Sarah Kish, a Center Grove High School junior, died after a crash on State Road 135 south of Curry Road when her vehicle was struck in the driver’s side door by another vehicle.

Earlier this month, McCain had been found trapped and seriously injured in a crash near county roads 450W and 150N, southwest of Bargersville. A deputy found her shortly after midnight, after family had reported her missing when she was late coming home. She was flown to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital on a medical helicopter to be treated for severe head trauma and a potential broken arm.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.