A Tonganoxie High School student died in a rollover accident Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor.
Kylee Nicole Wilson, 16, Leavenworth, was driving a 2005 GMC Envoy west on U.S. 24-40 just east of 150th Street when she lost control of the vehicle and drove into the north ditch, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports. She swerved for about 500 feet before entering the ditch, KHP Lt. Josh Weber said.
Wilson was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m., according to reports. She would have been a junior in the fall at the high school, a school official said.
A passenger, Haley Sparks, 14, Leavenworth, was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., with what Weber said were nonlife-threatening injuries. A nursing supervisor there could neither confirm nor deny Thursday evening that Sparks was a patient.
Wilson was following another vehicle, a 2000 Ford Expedition, according to reports. The driver, Jacob Ryan Lynch, 17, Tonganoxie, and a passenger, Samuel Christopher Cook, 15, Leavenworth, were not injured, according to reports.
Weber said officers were investigating whether Wilson’s Envoy made contact with the Expedition. The driver of the Expedition pulled over immediately and spoke with officers at the scene, Weber said.
All four teens were wearing seat belts, according to the report.
Tonganoxie High School principal Jamie Carlisle confirmed that all four involved in wreck are THS students.
“My initial reaction is just sorrow and shock,” Carlisle said. “A wonderful young lady has passed, and now it’s our position and our challenge to be there with those who are grieving with this tragic loss.”
Carlisle said counselors, ministers and other adults were on hand at the high school to help those grieving with the loss. Carlisle estimated that roughly 200 students had stopped in during the course of the evening. Officials opened the doors at 6:15 p.m., and Carlisle still was at the high school at 9:30 p.m.
“That’s what our community is about — when we’re faced with difficult times, being there for each other,” Carlisle said. “I think our kids know that and I think our families know that as well.”
The principal said Wilson was on the dance team and her teammates were showing dance performances in the Chieftain Room at the high school throughout the evening.