Two Lee’s Summit teenagers died in a weekend automobile accident, and a third was seriously injured when the driver of a gray Hyundai struck a tree.
Kaeden M. Hernandez and Zachary M. Meyer, both 18, died at the accident scene Saturday in Kansas City.
Kansas City police haven’t determined who was driving the vehicle. The investigation determined the car was southbound at Prospect north of 73rd Street, and the driver apparently lost control. The vehicle slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
A third male who was in the car remains in a hospital in critical condition, according to police.
Prospect was closed for nearly four hours while police investigated the crash. Witnesses told police that the car was speeding prior to the crash.
Hernandez attended Lee’s Summit West High School and Meyer attended Lee’s Summit North High School.
Janice Phelan, executive director of communications for the school district, said it did not have parental permission to release information about Hernandez or Meyer. The district was able to release yearbook photographs of the students.
Phelan added that when a student dies, the schools pull staff together to make plans on helping students. Additional counselors from other schools are also called in to meet with students and staff individually or in small groups, and they are at West and North today.
Schools also traditionally have a moment of silence, she said.
Russ Pulley contributed to this report.
Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb