Teen Honored as Military Child of the Year Dies in Crash

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parsons, and his son, Zachary, with Army Gen. Frank Grass and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Brush, during the National Guard Military Child of the Year ceremony, April 16, 2015. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)
Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parsons, and his son, Zachary, with Army Gen. Frank Grass and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Brush, during the National Guard Military Child of the Year ceremony, April 16, 2015. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. -- A teenager who was honored as a military child of the year has died in a Missouri crash.

The Kansas City Star reports that 17-year-old Zachary A. Parsons, of Warrensburg, died Monday on U.S. 50 east of Knob Noster. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says his Jeep ran off the right side of the road and struck a culvert. The SUV became airborne and overturned.

He apparently had been headed home from a program for high-schoolers interested in a career in the medical field.

Last year, Operation Homefront named Parsons Military Child of the Year for the National Guard. The national organization provides emergency financial assistance to military families. Each year, the group recognizes an outstanding military child from each branch of the service.

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