Cheney teen killed in crash was 'in just about everything' at school

She was a cheerleader, a Big Sister, a member of the band and the choir — and earlier this year, she was elected winter homecoming queen.

It would be difficult to talk about Cheney High School's Class of 2010 without mentioning Emily Slusser. But when the seniors receive their diplomas May 22, she won't be there.

Slusser died Sunday morning from injuries she suffered in a one-car crash the night before in western Sedgwick County.

Her classmates were still reeling Monday, Cheney superintendent Tom Alstrom said.

"It's a pretty emotional time right now," he said.

Slusser, 17, was driving north on 375th Street West near Cheney at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when she crashed into a culvert and was thrown from the car. Sedgwick County sheriff's Capt. George Mason said.

She was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where she died shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Mason said Monday.

"There's a possibility there was a deer, she maybe fell asleep — there's all kinds of possibilities," Mason said.

It could take up to a month for the accident reconstruction team to determine what happened, Mason cautioned.

School officials brought in counselors Monday to talk to students, Alstrom said, "and we'll kind of see how it goes" from there.

Funeral arrangements were still being finalized on Monday.

Slusser's classmates were already talking Monday about how to pay tribute to her at graduation ceremonies on May 22, he said, though no decisions have been made.

"She was in just about everything," Alstrom said of Slusser. "She was pretty active.

"It's a real tragedy."