Freshman student walking on sidewalk killed in crash near Harrisonville High School

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- A 14-year-old freshman at Harrisonville High School died on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by the driver of an SUV on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of east Elm.

Sergeant Colin Stosberg with the Missouri Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3 p.m. on Elm near Halsey where the driver of a 1980 Chevrolet Blazer traveled off of the left side of the roadway, went into ditch, crossed back over the roadway and hit the student who was walking on the sidewalk. The 17-year-old driver then hit a house.

No details have been released about his possible injuries, though a crash report doesn't list any. Both the driver and victim have been identified as students at the high school.

The 14-year-old boy was taken to Cass Regional Medical Center where he died. The Harrisonville Police Department identified the victim as Corey L. Turner.

This email was sent to parents on Tuesday evening:

"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