Jefferson City crash victim identified as Air Force Airman dies

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago August 06, 2014 Aug 6, 2014 Wednesday, August 06 2014 Wednesday, August 06, 2014 3:00:00 PM CDT in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff

COLUMBIA - The family of a Warrensburg man who sustained critical injuries after a weekend car wreck in Jefferson City told KOMU 8 News Wednesday the driver of the car, has died.

Air Force Airman Scott Whitney, 26, died at University Hospital in Columbia Monday with family at his side. Jefferson City Police said witnesses told them the GMC Yukon Whitney was driving on the Highway 50/Highway 63 exit ramp Saturday veered off the side of the ramp and slid down the embankment.

Whitney's wife and two young children were in the car with him. Whitney's wife was still being treated at University Hospital Wednesday and was expected to recover. Whitney's two boys, ages 2 and 3, were released from the hospital.

Scott Whitney was assigned to the 509th maintenance squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Airman's family, and we will continue to offer them our support during this difficult time," said Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 509th Bomb Wing commander.

The Whitney family has set up a fund online asking for help with expenses. Arrangements were underway Wednesday for Whitney's military funeral to be held on base at Whiteman.

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