Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tonganoxie High School student killed in rollover accident Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers work the scene of a fatality accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 in Leavenworth County on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers work the scene of a fatality accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 in Leavenworth County on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

July 7, 2011, 3:46 p.m. Updated July 7, 2011, 10:04 p.m.


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.

A previous version of this story misspelled Haley Sparks' name.


Jennifer Alexander 6 years, 9 months ago

How about having sympathy for the family instead of worrying about spellcheck?

Fire_all_politicians 6 years, 9 months ago

Sympathies to the family, of course. However, I seriously doubt they'll be online reading the ljworld forums.

Vickie Scott 6 years, 9 months ago

This was my daughters best friend and her family just might be on here reading this. Please have respect for all thoes that this young lady touched.

Tongie_soccer 6 years, 9 months ago

was a friend of my daughters also seeingred - so sad for this family to loose someone so wonderful and so young...please everyone keep them in your thoughts.

mom_of_three 6 years, 9 months ago

what a tragic accident. but I doubt that the family will take the time to read the forums. However, friends will and will make comments. But people do have their own opinions. you may not agree with them, but they will make them. from experience, true friends and family don't give a darn what is written

Shane Garrett 6 years, 9 months ago

My heart goes out to the Wilson family and friends. Tongie has lost to many young people as of late. So, sad. May the entire community find comfort in their faith.

Angie Dick 6 years, 9 months ago

I pray for the family and the friends of this child. May God be with you all..

Deja Coffin 6 years, 9 months ago

"She swerved for about 500 feet before entering the ditch, KHP Lt. Josh Weber said." I'm curious to know what caused her to swerve and also if they determined if her vehicle came in contact with the vehicle ahead of her or not. Not that it matters now, just trying to understand the circumstances around the accident.

All in all I am deeply sorry for the loss of this girl. Way too young and way too soon. I hope that her friend riding with her makes a full recovery and that in time her friends and family can find peace and be comforted by her memory. I also lost a young family member on July 7th a few years ago and I know the shock and devastation that comes with an accident like this. Prayers of strength to all those who knew this young lady.

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