Morrison teen dies in traffic crash

Natalie "Bug" Williams, 15, a sophomore at Morrison High School, died Monday after the car she was a passenger in was struck by a semi-truck.
Natalie "Bug" Williams, 15, a sophomore at Morrison High School, died Monday after the car she was a passenger in was struck by a semi-truck.

A drive-thru visitation was held Saturday for the Morrison teen who died in a traffic crash last week.

Natalie “Bug” Williams, 15, a sophomore at Morrison High School, died Monday after the car she was a passenger in was struck by a semi-truck.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy, was traveling east on West Science Ridge Road about 3:20 p.m. Monday toward state Route 40 when he failed to stop at the intersection. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a semi-truck, according to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.

Morrison School District officials asked that community members keep Natalie and her family in their thoughts and said that guidance counselors would be available to grieving students.

The drive-thru visitation was held from at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.

Memorials have been established to Morrison High School Game Club and Happy Tails.

Natalie was born May 20, 2005, in Clinton, Iowa, to Alex and Sabrina (Monroe) Williams. She was a dietary aide at Resthave Home in Morrison, a fan of True Crime TV series and a member of the Morrison High School Game Club, according to her obituary.

She enjoyed her art class and loved to doodle, paint and do crafts. She participated in basketball, softball and track while attending Morrison schools.

Survivors include her mother, Sabrina Stock of Morrison; father and stepmother, Alex (Missy) Williams of Morrison; two sisters, Ava Williams and Lexi Wilkens; and two brothers, Drew and Corbin Wilkens.