A Leavenworth County teen was killed and her brother remains hospitalized following a crash Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 24-40.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that 15-year-old Shealyn Hayes of Tonganoxie was killed when a 2007 Freightliner semi truck struck the front passenger side of the 2002 Ford Explorer being driven by her brother, Tristan, 16.
The accident report from the KHP states that the Explorer was northbound at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on 166th Street and failed to yield to the semi-truck, traveling westbound on 24-40.
Both Tristan and Shealyn were taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Shaelyn was later pronounced dead. Tristan remains hospitalized. The driver of the semi-truck, 45-year-old Wilban Araujo of Pennsacola, Fla., was reportedly not injured.
Officials from Basehor-Linwood High School, where Shealyn was a freshman, released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"The Basehor-Linwood school community is deeply saddened by the death of Shealyn Hayes, a freshman at Basehor-Linwood High School. Shealyn died due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident with her brother Tuesday morning. Her brother, Tristan, remains hospitalized at this time.
Shealyn was extremely well-liked by her classmates and active in numerous activities at Basehor-Linwood High School. Her presence will be greatly missed. District counselors are available to all students and staff as we deal with this tragedy. Our entire school community has been affected deeply by this loss and our thoughts and prayers are with Shealyn's family and friends at this time."