Freshman student struck by SUV on sidewalk near Harrisonville High School dies in crash

Corey TurnerHARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- A Harrisonville High School freshman was killed Tuesday after police said the driver of an SUV lost control and hit him. Police said Corey L. Turner, 14, was walking on the sidewalk near the 1100 block of E. Elm Street, just a few blocks from the school, when he was hit. After hitting Turner, the driver crashed the SUV into a home.

"All I heard was, I guess you would say, a motor racing," said Paul Johnson, who lives in the home that the SUV crashed into. "I heard and felt the jolt of it."

Deadly crash in Harrisonville, Mo.

Deadly crash in Harrisonville, Mo.

Johnson said the SUV crashed into a bathroom and bedroom area.

"Don't concentrate on the accident here at this house," Johnson said. "Concentrate on the family, I understand he was deceased, concentrate on that family and the family of the young man that was driving, he's got the rest of his life to live with this."

Police said the accident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday, just after school let out. Officers said 17-year-old driver of the 1980 Chevy Blazer ran off the road into a ditch and then over-corrected and hit Turner who was walking on a nearby sidewalk. Police said there were multiple witnesses at the scene.

Police confirm Corey and driver are both students at the high school.

Police continue to investigate and have not said yet if speed was a factor in the driver losing control.

The Harrisonville School District released the following statement that said they will have counselors on hand Wednesday for students.

From family Facebook pages, mourning Corey's sudden death.

From family Facebook pages, mourning Corey's sudden death.

Parents -
Following today's dismissal at Harrisonville High School, a serious traffic accident occurred a few blocks from the high school.
Emergency personnel were on the scene immediately and school administrators came to the scene as well.
One student was transported from the scene and did not survive the injuries. Local law enforcement has notified parents of all students involved. To ensure the privacy of the family, we will not release any names at this time.
Our staff has already initiated our crisis response plan. School counselors, health professionals, and local ministers will be on hand at our schools tomorrow to meet with students and staff.
Please join us in keeping the families of those involved in your thoughts and prayers.
The Excellence in Academics Assembly planned for tomorrow morning at HHS is cancelled.
Frank Dahman
Superintendent