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Hutchinson woman killed in Mississippi crash, GoFundMe created for funeral expenses

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 10:35 PM CDT
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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (KWCH) - A deadly crash in Mississippi on July 27 has a Hutchinson family trying to understand what happened.

Cynthia Teter died when the car she was crashed into the pillar of a bridge just days after she was reported missing.

“She was always the person to help anyone and everyone,” said Justin Teter, Cynthia’s husband.

That dedication to others is how Cynthia is remembered, whether by her kids, family or customers.

For her husband Justin, the hardest part of the last few days has been telling the couple’s seven and nine-year-old children that their mom isn’t coming home.

“They’re good smart kids. They know something’s not right, and it won’t ever be the same,” said Justin.

Sherrie Teter, Cynthia’s mother-in-law, said, “Never.”

Mississippi Highway Patrol said Cynthia died Tuesday in the northwest part of the state, just south of Memphis, TN, when the car she was in crashed into part of a bridge support. The driver, Aaron Corkill, also of Hutchinson, was seriously injured.

“(Troopers) Run the tags, found that missing person. As soon as they turned on their lights, the truck floored it, right into the pillar of an overpass,” said Justin. “It doesn’t even look like a vehicle anymore.”

Justin said something started to feel wrong last Friday.

“When she went missing, I had a bad feeling the whole time,” he said.

When he tried to reach Cynthia this past weekend, Justin said he got a few text messages back, but they didn’t sound like her, and there was little other interaction with her family and kids, which isn’t usual.

Cynthia not showing up for work Monday was also highly unusual.

“Tried to get her to call or talk to her kids, she would not, not talk to her kids or let them know what was going on. She wouldn’t; she wouldn’t do that,” said Justin.

Hutchinson Police said a missing person’s report was filed Sunday.

Now, as he waits for more information about what happened between Friday and the crash, Justin said he’s just trying to be there to support and comfort his kids.

“My son said that she was an angel now protecting his heart so that it didn’t break,” said Justin. Adding, “Conversation a little bit ago, my daughter seen a red bird in the back yard, so I told her that was her mom.”

“The little girl, she was really worried about when she calmed down yesterday, who was going to do her hair because her mom was the only one who ever did her hair,” said Sherrie.

Reno County District Court records show Thursday that a warrant has been requested for Corkill in a criminal case file from 2019 for domestic battery.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Corkill also has convictions for drug and narcotics, the most recent in 2020.

A Hutchinson woman died and a man is hurt after a crash in Mississippi.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. on I-22 in Desoto County.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Aaron Z.Corkill, 28, of Hutchinson, Kansas, was traveling eastbound on I-22. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a bridge support pole. Cynthia Teter, 35, of Hutchinson, Kansas died in the crash. Corkill was taken to Region One in serious condition.

The cause of this crash is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

A GoFundMe was posted to raise money for funeral expenses for Teter.

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