14-year-old boy hit and killed in crash in Harrisonville

Teen dies after being hit by car in Missouri
Posted at 7:11 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 22:58:57-04

A 14-year-old boy died Tuesday in Harrisonville, Missouri, after being hit by a car.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the crash occurred just before 3 p.m. near East Elm Street and North Halsey Avenue.

A 17-year-old was driving a Chevrolet Blazer that ran off the left side of the street, according to the patrol's crash report.

The SUV came back on the street and crossed over to the opposite lane.

The vehicle ran off the road and struck Corey Turner, 14, of Harrisonville. 

Corey died a short time later at Cass Regional Medical Center.

The report states the SUV slammed into a house after striking Corey.

Paul Johnson rents the home the teen driver smashed into.

"All I can say is I did hear a motor running full speed and then the crash," Johnson said.

He had plans to stay in a hotel Tuesday night, but after that he was unsure. In spite of what happened to his home, his focus is on both teens.

"These other families, that's what's important right now. I'll get by but the young people, they're going to need some help through this," Johnson emphasized. "I hope people will concentrate on that, that family and give them support and be with them. Also, the young gentleman that was driving. He's going to need a lot of support. He's very young. He's got the rest of his life to live with this."

The Harrisonville School District sent out a statement about the incident: 

Parents -

Following today's dismissal at Harrisonville High School, a serious traffic accident occurred a few blocks from the high school.

Emergency personnel were on the scene immediately and school administrators came to the scene as well.

One student was transported from the scene and did not survive the injuries.  Local law enforcement has notified parents of all students involved. To ensure the privacy of the family, we will not release any names at this time.

Our staff has already initiated our crisis response plan.  School counselors, health professionals, and local ministers will be on hand at our schools tomorrow to meet with students and staff.

Please join us in keeping the families of those involved in your thoughts and prayers.

The Excellence in Academics Assembly planned for tomorrow morning at HHS is cancelled.

Frank Dahman

Harrisonville Schools offers counseling after 14-year-old killed

Tuesday the community of Harrisonville was still reeling from the tragic death of Corey Turner.

The school is in crisis mode and Turner's mother even came to a vigil at the high school.

"They just gathered, just bonded with one another. They talked a little bit. Just working through that grieving process. It gives an opportunity to get together," said Frank Dahman, superintendent of Harrisonville Schools.

Turner was a freshman and had been a student at the high school just a few days when he died.

Dahman explained that they had counselors from all over the district at the middle and high schools to help students grieve.

"Right now education is second and getting kids through this is number one," said Dahman.

Law enforcement said as of Tuesday afternoon, they had not filed any charges against the driver.

Corey Turner’s family released a statement on Wednesday:

We appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers from the community.  We are still in shock and our hearts are broken for both our family and [the driver's] family because this has catastrophically changed all our lives.  Corey was a sweet kid who always had a smile and was always respectful to others.  He also wanted everyone to respect each other. This morning at the remembrance ceremony organized by Harrisonville High School students, Corey’s mom told the students to live life to the fullest because tomorrow is not a guaranteed thing.  We hope everyone will respect our privacy during this difficult time and give us our time to grieve.


The investigation into the accident continues. 


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