Community saddened as they learn Lee’s Summit high school students were killed in weekend crash

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Friends and family of the young men killed in a weekend crash are facing the grief of the sudden loss.

Kaeden Hernandez, 18, and Zachary M. Meyer, 18, were killed in the crash at 73rd and Prospect Avenue early Saturday.

Hernandez was a student at Lee’s Summit West High School. Meyer attended Lee’s Summit North.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday on Prospect Avenue north of 73rd Street.

Investigators said a gray Hyundai car had been southbound when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

The two victims died at the scene, while a third male victim was transported to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

The crash closed a portion of Prospect Avenue until 8:15 a.m.

The other victims’ identities have not been released at this time.