One Grand County High School student died and another suffered major injuries as the result of a single-vehicle rollover accident near Green River on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) is investigating the accident and hasn’t release the names of the driver or passenger, UHP Sgt. Guy Webster said on Monday, Sept. 22, but relatives and social media confirmed the passenger to be Bailey Lynne Goode, 15, a sophomore, and the driver to be Heather Marie Lockamy, 18, a senior, both of Grand County High School.
Goode, the passenger, died from her injuries on Sunday, Sept. 21, while Lockamy, the driver, remains hospitalized with several broken bones, including a broken pelvis, jaw and leg as well as back injuries, according to the account set up to help her family with medical costs, which is at www.gofundme.com/eqtwig. There is also a Gofundme account set up for Goode’s family at www.gofundme.com/eun9x8.
Webster said the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 toward Moab, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. The accident occurred about four miles east of Green River at 1:48 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 18.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Webster said the driver may have swerved to miss a piece of tire in the roadway. Neither vehicle occupant was wearing a seatbelt, Webster said.
Goode was born on Jan. 2, 1999 and moved from Price to Moab near the beginning of the 2014/15 school year. Her mother, Amber Button, of Winnemucca, Nev., said Goode was outgoing and caring, and would light up any room she entered.
“Bailey was funny and beautiful,” Button said. “She touched everybody, even if they only knew her for a second.”
One of Goode’s friends, Shailee Croasmun, a 2014 Grand County High Graduate who also lived in Price before moving to Moab, said she was a “fun, crazy, energetic person who was very stubborn.”
“If someone told her she couldn’t do it, she would just to prove it to them,” Croasmun said. “She gave me some amazing memories, and I’m always going to remind people of that amazing girl and how hard she fought through life. She’s been through more then anyone I know, but yet she still fought hard … (She’s) going to be a great asset to God’s kingdom.”
Croasmun said Goode wasn’t athletic, but still chose to be a cheerleader, and that she was comfortable around everyone.
“She didn’t care if it was a group she wasn’t a part of,” Croasmun said. “She talked to everyone.
“She was definitely my best friend; I’ve known her since I was like 3. She was always willing to do anything I needed.”
Lockamy is a very outgoing person who has a long road of recovery ahead of her, said a relative who didn’t give his or her name. Other relatives and close friends of Lockamy declined or could not be reached for comment prior to press time.
Grand County High School Principal Stephen Hren said he could not comment on either student specifically, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, but said the counseling center is always prepared for tragedies, and that the school allows students to miss class if necessary in order to grieve or cope.
“We always notify our counseling center to be ready for students that need to talk,” he said.
Hren said the office and counseling center hasn’t had a whole lot of volume as of yet, and no one had come to him as of Monday night, Sept. 22, about organizing a vigil or other student activity.
Goode’s funeral services will be in Grand Junction on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at 2515 Paterson Rd. Phone 970) 243-2450
Bailey Lynne Goode, 15, killed in rollover on I-70; driver, Heather Marie Lockamy,18, seriously injured