Teacher among two killed in motorcycle crash

Chris and Cindy VanHoozen

A northeast Missouri couple has died in a weekend motorcycle crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Christopher VanHoozen, 40, and Cynthia VanHoozen, 38, both of Memphis, were killed in the crash.

The crash happened in Miller County early Sunday evening.

According to the crash report

, an SUV driven by Elva Farris, 77, of Olean, Missouri was traveling northbound and failed to stop at a crossing. The motorcycle driven by the VanHoozen's hit the side of the SUV ejecting both riders off of the motorcycle.

Both Christopher and Cynthia VanHoozen were pronounced dead at the scene.

Cynthia VanHoozen was a special education teacher at Scotland County Elementary School.

Visitation for the VanHoozens will be held Tuesday, July 2, from 2-8 p.m. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the Scotland County High School.

Memorials have been suggested to the Children's education fund and can be mailed to or left at the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

"My heart goes out to the family of Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen," said Scotland County R-1 School District Superintendent Ryan M Bergeson. "Cindy served as an elementary special education teacher for the Scotland County School District and touched the lives of many of our students. Chris served as a substitute bus driver for Scotland County and did an excellent job of getting our students safely to their destinations. Chris and Cindy were an asset to our school district and the Scotland County community. On behalf of the Scotland County R-1 School District, I would like to express our deepest sorrow for their family and give thanks for the service Chris and Cindy provided our students, faculty, community, and the school district."

"Mrs. Van Hoozen was an excellent teacher who only wanted what was best for her students," Elementary Principal Nathan Pippert said. "She was conscientious, hard-working, caring, and had a big heart. Mrs. Van Hoozen will be missed by not only her students, but also by her colleagues and the community. On behalf of the Scotland County R-1 Elementary, I would like to give my condolences to her two boys, two step-children, and family."