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16-year-old boy struck by vehicle near Olathe Northwest High recovering at hospital

Owen Thompson, 16, was at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in fair condition Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle while walking to school that morning.
Owen Thompson, 16, was at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in fair condition Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle while walking to school that morning.

An Olathe Northwest High School student was injured when he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning near the school.

The incident was reported about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near 110th Street and Lone Elm Road, according to Olathe police.

Police said the 16-year-old boy, identified by his family as Owen Thompson, was trying to cross 110th Street when he was struck by a car traveling north on Lone Elm Road.

A 16-year-old girl was driving the car that hit him. She stayed at the scene and spoke to police.

A police spokesman said the cause of the incident was under investigation, and it was too early to speculate if speed or the weather played a role or whether the girl would be cited.

Thompson was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, but later Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said he was in fair condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, staff and families impacted by today’s accident,” school district officials said in a written statement. “The entire Olathe Northwest and school district community is sending heartfelt wishes for the injured student’s speedy recovery.”

His family released a statement through the hospital thanking people for the support they had received.

“Owen is in fair condition and recovering,” the family said. “Thank you to the first responders and the team at Overland Park Regional Medical Center for your quick action and care.”

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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