Young cheerleader loses her life in car crash


One is dead and others injured after a multi-car accident in Maryland Sunday afternoon involving cheerleaders from Frederick County, Va. and Warren County, Va.

The three-vehicle crash took place on the northbound lane of Interstate 95 near Perryville, Md.

According to Maryland State Police, a white Ford Expedition driven by Aaron Mason, 42, of Front Royal, Va. struck a black Chevrolet Silverado, when Mason changed from the left lane. The Silverado then struck a white Peterbilt tractor-trailer, which ran off the left shoulder, hit a guardrail and landed in a roadside ditch. 

Troopers say Katana Graves, 15, of Warren County, Va., was thrown from the Expedition. She was transported by helicopted to Christiana Hospital in Delware, where she died. At least one other person was also thrown from the car.

Three Winchester reisdents, Kathy Shank, 46, Jennifer Shank, 16, and Chazden Walker, 16, were all taken to Christiana Hospital by ambulance. 

Angela Marcello, 37, and Khyla Mason, 14, of Front Royal were driven to Harford Memorial Hospital in Maryland for treatment. According to troopers, Aaron Mason refused treatment at the scene.

The members of the cheerleading team and their parents were on their way to a cheerleading competition in Delware when the crash occured. 

The driver of the Silverado, Howard Windell, 55, of New Jersey and the driver of the tractor-trailer, Christopher Coleman, 43, were not injured. It is unclear whether the seven passengers in the tractor-trailer were injured. 

Investigators do not believe drugs, alcohol, or speed were factors in the crash. 

Family members are fundraising to pay for Graves’ funeral expenses. That page can be found at Cheer Eruption All-Stars are also raising money for the victims via the gym’s PayPal account, which can be found at:

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