Five University of Texas pre-med students killed in Missouri crash

Monday, March 13, 2006

AUSTIN -- Five friends from Texas were on their way to a medical school conference when they were killed in a car crash.

The victims, all University of Texas students, were Lan Nguyen, 21, of Sugar Land; Nikolaus O. Simeon, 20, of League City; Fan Sun, 18, of Spring; Stephanie A. Wilson, 20, of Houston; and Michael T. Woodward, 22, of Austin.

Sun and Woodward planned to marry. Simeon and Wilson were dating.

They were all killed Thursday night in a car crash in southeastern Missouri when a tractor-trailer collided with the Toyota Corolla being driven by Woodward as he tried to make a U-turn, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol. Four of the students died at the scene, while Simeon died at an Arkansas hospital.

According to the crash report, no one in the Corolla was wearing a seatbelt.

All of the students were members of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honor society for pre-med students. The five were on their way to the society's conference this weekend in St. Louis.

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