POWHATTAN, Kan. — A fifth-grade student from Hiawatha Middle School and his mother were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Brown County, Kansas.
The crash was reported just before 7 a.m. at 170th Road and Goldfinch Road, southwest of Powhattan, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was westbound on 170th Road and the driver of a Hyundai Elantra was northbound on Goldfinch Road when the Silverado struck the Hyundai on the passenger side.
The driver and a passenger of the Hyundai were both pronounced dead at the scene and identified as 34-year-old Darliss Jeneane Whitebird and her 10-year-old son Herbert Whitebird, both of Horton, Kansas.
Hiawatha Unified School District Superintendent Lonnie Moser informed students of the deaths around noon on Tuesday. “His smile and sense of humor will be remembered and he will be deeply missed,” Moser said about Herbert.
Moser said teachers and staff are working to provide resources and support for students as they “cope with the loss.”
An 8-year-old passenger in the Hyundai was taken to Children’s Mercy with suspected serious injuries.
The driver of the Silverado was reported to have a possible injury.
Everyone involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, according to the highway patrol.
The crash remains under investigation.