Shawn J. Hurla, a waterfowl hunter and photographer from Louisburg, Kan., was identified as the pedestrian killed when he was struck by a pickup in south Johnson County.
Hurla was struck by the pickup shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday along West 215th Street between Switzer and Antioch roads.
Hurla was the pro staff director for Havoc Calls of Ethel, Ark. A man who answered the phone at the company Wednesday referred all calls to Hurla’s family.
The company, however, posted a message to its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon announcing Hurla’s death.
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“It is with deepest regret that I have to say this,” the post said. “Havoc Calls Pro Staff Director Shawn Hurla and friend to so many in this industry was hit by a car this morning and didn’t make it.
“I keep hoping this is all just a bad dream and not real. Please keep Shawn’s family in your prayers.”
On Havoc Calls’ staff page, Hurla’s information said:
“Having chased waterfowl from northern Alberta to eastern Arkansas, Kansas will always be home. I am a firm believer that waterfowling is a lifestyle not a hobby, every aspect of the sport intrigues me.
“My biggest accomplishment has been watching my daughter go from a kid tagging along to a young adult with her own dreams and goals in the sport.”
Hurla grew up in Lenexa and graduated in 1988 from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1988, according to his obituary.
In addition to being an avid waterfowl hunter and pro-staff director for Havoc Calls, Hurla was installation manager for Meyers Brothers Construction in Stilwell.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, whom he married in August 2008, daughters Katelynn Hurla and Lea Marsh of Louisburg and Jacqui Marsh of Gardner, his parents Jim and Sandy Hurla of Lenexa, brother, Jeremy Hurla of Shawnee, and two grandchildren.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s office:
The pickup was headed west on 215th Street and swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a parked vehicle. The pickup then struck Hurla.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the traffic fatality.