Students and staff at two Kansas City, Kan., schools are mourning two boys killed in a Sunday morning traffic crash in Lenexa.
Lenexa police on Monday identified the boys as 15-year-old Isaiah Stroble and 13-year-old Angelito Espinosa. Although police spelled his last name “Espinosa,” school officials and his Facebook page spelled it “Espinoza.”
Isaiah attended Argentine Middle School, and Angelito was a student at the Bridges Wyandot Academy.
Lenexa police said that Isaiah was the driver of a car that slammed into a tree about 5 a.m. Sunday near 80th Street and Mauer Road.
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Seven other occupants of the car were injured and taken to hospitals. One girl, identified as 15-year-old Alexandria Espino, was reported Monday in critical condition.
Another 15-year-old girl, Louren Villegas, suffered broken vertebrae and underwent surgery Sunday night.
Her mother, Kelly Villegas, said her daughter knew Isaiah and most of the other kids in the car and was traumatized about what happened.
But physically, she said her daughter, who is a freshman at J.C. Harmon High School, is expected to recover.
Lenexa police said that shortly before the wreck, an officer saw the car driving without its headlights on and tried to stop it.
But the driver refused to stop, and the officer did not pursue the car. Minutes later, the officer came upon the scene of the wreck, police said.
On Monday, school district spokesman David Smith said crisis teams were at both schools to meet with students.
Counselors will also be made available for any students or staff who need someone to talk with, according to Smith.
He did not know if any of those injured were also students in Kansas City, Kan.
Lenexa police on Monday said they were continuing to investigate the circumstances and cause of the crash.
Isaiah was the half-brother of Jummon Rahaman, who was the driver in a 2013 traffic wreck that killed a 14-year-old girl in Kansas City, Kan.
Rahaman, who was 14 at the time, was driving a stolen car when it wrecked. Casey Knight was killed in the crash.
Rahaman, who is now 17, is serving a prison sentence after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter and other charges related to the wreck.