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Creve Coeur School Touched By Serious Car Accident

Whitfield teacher and son injured in Chesterfield crash.

Janet Esrock, a teacher at in, and her son Jonathan, a sophomore at the school, are still hospitalized after a car accident late Friday night in Chesterfield.

The popular Whitfield teacher was in "relatively stable condition" at Tuesday morning, family said. In a positive measure, Jonathan, 16, was expected to be removed from breathing aids.

Police said the crash occurred about 10:40 Friday night near the Riverdale intersection with Wildhorse Creek Road in Chesterfield. The two were returning from a friend's football game.

Esrock is also an assistant girls field hockey coach at the school.

Family members said that Esrock came around a corner and was met by another car that had swerved into the oncoming lane.

Chesterfield police Lt. Steven Lewis said alcohol may be a factor in the crash. 

Members of responded to the scene and said they worked to extricate them both from their vehicle, according to a KSDK TV report.

KSDK also said the 53-year-old driver of the other car was expected to be charged in connection with the crash. There was no information on the condition of the driver.

Late Tuesday, Patch obtained a letter which went out to the Whitfield School community over the weekend:

Dear Families,

I want you to know that last night, math teacher, Janet Esrock and her 10th grade son, Jonathan, were in a very serious car accident.  They are currently at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, and are being treated for their injuries.  When I visited the hospital earlier, I was able to speak with several members of their family who are gathered there.  Janet's other children, Becky '09 and Joe '11 are traveling back from college today to be with their family.

Because of their serious injuries, Mrs. Esrock and Jon have been heavily sedated and cannot see or speak with anyone at the present time.   

As a much beloved teacher at Whitfield for many years, Janet has touched the lives of our entire community.  Given the potential for this to be upsetting and difficult for students, parents, teachers, staff and alumni families, we have arranged for two professional counselors to be at school on Monday morning for anyone in the community who might need their assistance.

The Whitfield community has already begun mobilizing to be ready to help the Esrock family in any way possible.  As the family provides us with additional information, we will make it available to you as appropriate, as well as giving guidance about what you can do to be helpful.  Please keep Janet, Jonathan and their family in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.

Ruth Greathouse

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Mrs. Ruth E. Greathouse
Interim Head of School
Whitfield School

Gregg Palermo August 31, 2011 at 03:50 AM
According to the family's CaringBridge website, Jonathan Esrock is now awake but has a concussion.

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