KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old Rockhurst High School student has been identified as one of the two victims killed in a crash Saturday afternoon in Overland Park.
President David Laughlin confirmed the news Sunday saying, “With tremendous sadness and great faith in God, Rockhurst High School learned the very sad news yesterday that senior Matthew Bloskey was killed in an auto accident."
Rockhurst hosted a mass Sunday afternoon in the Rose Theatre on campus.
“We are mindful that we gather in sorrow and confusion," a priest said, opening the service.
Students and the entire Rockhurst community were left wondering why a crash forced a car into Bloskey’s path. The crash Saturday was reported just before 3:30 p.m. in the 10500 block of West 151st Street.
Overland Park police said 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr, from KCK, was traveling in the outside lane and was struck in the driver side rear panel by a dark color Honda.
They then spun, lost control and crossed into the median striking a tree and continued into oncoming traffic, brushing against a third vehicle that was westbound.
The driver then continued eastbound in westbound traffic and struck a vehicle driven by Bloskey, who is from Overland Park. Police said the driver of the dark-colored Honda left the scene.
Siebuhr and Bloskey were both pronounced dead at the scene. Rockhurst’s priests and leadership met with the family immediately after Saturday.
“They are obviously devastated they’ve lost their son and brother," Laughlin said.
Sunday, the community told stories about the senior rugby player, who had made a religious trip with classmates solidifying his faith.
“His classmates talked about him as a person who really pulled them together. He had a great sense of humor," Laughlin said.