American teenager killed in Yongsan crash was a high school sophomore
American teenager killed in a car crash en route to her brother’s high school graduation ceremony at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul was a sophomore and loved to play tennis and travel, her family said Wednesday.
Christie Gagnet died Saturday after the car in which she was riding collided with a motorcycle outside Gate 13, which is the main visitors’ entrance at the sprawling U.S. military base in Seoul. She was 15.
The South Korean motorcycle driver also was killed as both vehicles burst into flames. Officials declined to comment on the cause of the crash, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Christie’s father, Michael Stuart Gagnet, a retired veteran who served more than 20 years in the Army Medical Corps, was seriously injured in the crash.
“We lost our beloved Christie on a day that should have been filled with nothing but celebration,” the family said in a statement provided to Stars and Stripes. “We are devastated beyond explanation.”
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