It is a tough week in Harrisonville Missouri which is just south of Kansas City. Yesterday afternoon, August 23rd 2016, as Harrisonville High School dismissed at approximately 3:00 p.m., a student of the high school lost control of his vehicle and struck another student, who was walking home from school.
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.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3 p.m. on Elm Street. A student of Harrisonville High School was the driver of a 1980 Chevrolet Blazer that traveled off of the left side of the roadway, went into a ditch, crossed back over the roadway and hit another student who was walking on the sidewalk. The 17-year-old driver then crashed into a house.
The 14-year-old boy was taken to Cass Regional Medical Center where he died from the injuries he sustained. The Harrisonville Police Department identified the victim as Corey L. Turner, a Freshman at Harrisonville High School.
A Missouri Highway Patrol crash report says Kane Lightcap, 17, was driving the vehicle. The vehicle traveled off the left side of Elm Street and hit a ditch and returned to the roadway. It appears as Lightcap then over-corrected and struck the pedestrian. The large SUV then crashed into a house. About a quarter of the SUV entered the residence, according to Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant Andrew Bell.
“The driver does account for losing control of the vehicle,” Bell said.
Paul Johnson rents the home that was hit by the SUV.
“I could tell he was shook up,” Johnson said. “He was just in an accident and then I saw another young man on the ground – and that’s what I want people to focus on – not me – not this hole in the house – the families of these two – ones deceased – that family’s going to need a lot of support. The young man that was driving is going to need a lot of support in school and as well as with his family.”
Bell said the victim was likely walking home from school considering the proximity of it from where the incident happened.
An investigating is on-going. It’s unknown yet if speed was a factor.
The family of Corey Turner may have a claim against the insurance company that insures Kane Lightcap’s 1980 Chevrolet Blazer. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.
An experienced, serious injury attorney will advise the families and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect their interests, so Corey Turner’s family can focus on their recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of the Turner family.
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Our prayers go out to the families of Corey Turner and Kane Lightcap. Both of these families will need much support in the weeks and months ahead. May God bless them and comfort them in their time of need.