Benefit planned for family of Leavenworth girl, 8, killed riding with sister in UTV

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Kayden Walker, 9, was released from the hospital Tuesday, but has a long road to recovery physically and emotionally. She was driving a Polaris Ranger when it overturned in Andrew County, Mo., Monday killing her 8-year-old sister, Alexis.

Alexis Walker was killed in an Andrew County, Mo., UTV crash on September 12, 2016.

Alexis Walker was killed in an Andrew County, Mo., UTV crash on September 12, 2016.

They were at their grandparents north of St. Joseph riding in a utility task vehicle on Missouri 136 Highway. A Missouri Highway Patrol crash report says Kayden lost control, then over corrected on the gravel road, ejecting Alexis as the UTV crashed on its side.

Kayden was taken to the hospital, and Alexis was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re all hurting, I can’t imagine what the parents are going through being a mom,” Ally Mclaren said.

Mclaren tends bar in Leavenworth at Ross’s Bar and Grill and is friends with the girls' dad and grandmother.

The family reported Kayden was released from the hospital Tuesday, after suffering a broken pelvis and a concussion along with multiple scrapes and bruises, and no doubt deep emotional scars.

“She was there, she witnessed it, so regardless she’s going to have a long road physically and mentally, her best friend her sister is now gone,” Mclaren said.

Alexis was described by her grandma as a kindhearted loving child, who loved to make people laugh, and above all loved playing with her sister.

But as the family’s hearts are broken, they realize the community is hurting too. They are planning a celebration of life open to the public, so everyone can mourn together. Those details are still being finalized.

Both Alexis and Kayden Walker were riding the UTV during the deadly crash.

Both Alexis and Kayden Walker were riding the UTV during the deadly crash.

Ross’s Bar and Grill plans to raise money with a dart tournament and raffle, next Saturday September 24th, starting at 11 a.m. A GoFundMe Page has also been established to help the family.