Mikeala Wagner loved horses.
When Solanco High School let out each day, she headed to an area stable to care for them.
The 18-year-old Quarryville woman for the last year worked at After the Races in Nottingham, which rehabilitates racehorses so they can be adopted.
“She is an absolutely amazing young woman,” said Bonnie Hutton, the nonprofit’s director. “She had a love for the horses she worked with. She really seemed to have a heart for it.”
Wagner was killed in a vehicle accident Wednesday night at Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222) and Fulton View Road, about six miles south of Quarryville in Fulton Township.
Wagner was headed east on Fulton View Road at around 9:30 p.m., state police Trooper John R. Fritz reported. She pulled her car from a stop sign into the path of a southbound sport utility vehicle on Route 222 and was struck.
The SUV, driven by Christine Jackson, 43, of Peach Bottom, hit the front driver’s side of Wagner’s car, Fritz said. Police initially reported Jackson's last name was Wilson.
Initial reports indicated a collision with fire. Upon arrival, Robert Fulton fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson reported one person was trapped, but said no fire was evident.
Officials initially asked for a medical helicopter to respond but then decided to transport the patient by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital.
Fritz said Wagner died from her injuries at the hospital. Tomlinson said Wilson was not injured.
The roadway was closed for about two hours while police investigated and the wreckage was cleared.
Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Wagner died from multiple traumatic injuries.
“I can’t tell you how greatly we are going to miss her,” Hutton said. “It is heartbreaking for us right now.”
The teen was more mature than others her age and her contributions at the stables were invaluable, she said.
Wagner cleaned stalls, watered and fed the 16 or so horses and took care of any of their other needs.
“I’ve left her with a horse that was sick,” Hutton said. “I trusted her enough to keep me updated if the horse required any extra attention.”
A week ago, Wagner asked for more responsibilities at the stables and Hutton planned to give her more work, including at various horse shows.
Wagner would have been able to ride the horses more, which she loved.
Wagner’s family declined comment Thursday and school officials did not immediately return a call for comment.
Wagner is the 25th person killed on Lancaster County roads this year, according to police and newspaper records. Thirteen people died in traffic accidents by this time last year.
Wagner is the fifth teenager killed in county wrecks this year.
Staff writer Jennifer Todd contributed to this report.