Skip to main content

After 3 teen siblings in crash, Burnsville rallies around family

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Residents in Burnsville are rallying around a family whose three teens were involved in a highway crash in Kansas that killed their 19-year-old daughter.

Taylor Ziebol was driving the car near Dodge City, Kan., on July 11 when it crossed the center line and hit a semi head on, investigators said. Her siblings, Burnsville High School students Shannon Ziebol, 17, and Adam Ziebol, 15, were in critical condition and still in the hospital in Kansas, KSTP reported.

Paramedics had tried in vain to save Taylor, the Star Tribune reported. The mother of the close-knit teens, Lesa Hess, suspects her oldest daughter may have dozed off for a split second.

The three were on their way to visit grandparents in Texas.

“[Taylor] had an amazing relationship with her siblings,” Nicollet Junior High Principal Renee Brandner told KSTP. “She was a big sister who took on the caretaker role. She would brag about her brother and sister and how proud she was of them ... I thought that was a really special relationship.”

Funeral services for Taylor are pending. A Ziebol Family Memorial Fund was established to help the family defray medical expenses. People can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank, KSTP reported.

People in Burnsville are reaching out to the family, local media reported. A candlelight vigil drew 100 people the night Taylor died, her mother told Star Tribune. A bratwurst sale raised $6,200 to help with the family’s expenses, the newspaper reported.

In a message on the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church website, Pastor Paul Gauche said the community was grief-stricken.

"Our hearts are broken as we come together as a community faith. We continue to pray for physical and emotional healing for Shannon and Adam and for the rest of the community of family and friends who knew Taylor and who will, of course, continue to love her."

Taylor Ziebol graduated from Burnsville High and played soccer at Ripon College in Wisconsin. In a message on the team website, Coach Sam Schroeder said, "Taylor epitomized what it means to be a good teammate and a good person. She set an example for us all every single day. We will miss Taylor's limitless energy, determined spirit, and ever-positive outlook. We will miss our friend."

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's fast start can't snap Grizzlies winning streak

Memphis extended its streak to 11 games with a 116-108 victory over the Timberwolves.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild have 2 players named to NHL All-Star Game

The Wild could have a third representative through the "Last Man In" ballot.

trattoria mucci facebook

Popular Italian eatery in Uptown to permanently close

The owner of Trattoria Mucci said it "just didn't work out this time."

colbert redmons billboard jan 2022

MN popcorn shop gets Times Square billboard via 'The Late Show'

The last time Redmon's Popcorn got national attention, it shut down two days later.

child parent mask covid pexels

Frey backtracks on dining mandate: Kids age 2-4 won’t need test

The mayor told Chad Hartman the city is already working to change its just-announced regulation.

264 Willmar Ave SE, Willmar, Minnesota - October 2019

11 staff members on leave after refusing Willmar district's COVID policy

The staff members were placed on leave after they "opted not to comply."

TIMOTHY BORRMAN

Man charged with stealing van with dog inside in South St. Paul

He apparently said he didn't realize there was a dog inside.

Screen Shot 2022-01-13 at 12.35.16 PM

Here's where COVID-19 case rates are the highest in Minnesota

The highest rates can be found mainly in southeastern Minnesota and around the Twin Cities metro area.

als breakfast facebook post

After staff got COVID, someone sent Al's Breakfast a letter mocking its vaxx requirement

"So sorry to hear your fully vaccinated staff is sick with Covid and you are forced to close," the letter begins.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 2

NWS releases snowfall forecast for specific Minnesota cities

Here's how much snow is forecast for more than 50 cities in Minnesota, including the majority of the metro area.

Related

Friends and family remember teens killed in Burnsville rollover

Family and friends visited a memorial near I-35 where two teenagers were killed in a rollover Tuesday afternoon. Some say the crash was a case of reckless driving that could have been prevented.

Police: 3 teens died in crash after trying to get girl's attention

The teenagers were returning to New Richmond, Wis., from Woodbury and authorities say they were trying to get the attention of a girl in another car that had passed them. The driver was searching a center console in the vehicle, authorities said. A fourth teen in the car survived the crash.