Fatal hit-and-run in Overland Park: What happened
One was a Rockhurst High School student who loved his family farm. The other was at Kansas City Kansas Community College, studying to be an auto mechanic.
Both lives were cut short Saturday afternoon in Overland Park, in what police are describing as a hit-and-run.
On Monday, a morning mass at Rockhurst remembered 18-year-old senior Matthew Bloskey. Some fellow students placed flowers and photos in the lot where Bloskey parked his vehicle.
The other victim, 20-year Samuel Siebuhr, started at Kansas City, Kan., Community College in January, according to his Facebook page and his LinkedIn profile.
“I love working on cars,” Siebuhr wrote on his LinkedIn page.
His sister, Keawna Siebuhr, posted on Facebook early Sunday.
“A few hours ago I got a call that no one ever wants to get,” she said. “My little brother Samuel Christian Siebuhr and another teenager was killed in an hit and run.”
“Sam was on such a good path,” one person responded. “I am sorry that his journey was so short!”
Siebuhr also wrote on Facebook that he lived in KCK and was a computer technician at Connecting for Good, an organization that works to bridge the digital divide in the urban core. He was from New Strawn, Kan., attended Horace Good Middle School in Garden City, Kan., and graduated last year from Bridges Wyandot Academy in Kansas City, Kan.
A relative of Bloskey’s said Monday the family was not yet ready to speak about their loss.
“Playing football and visiting my family’s farm are my two favorite things to do in the fall,” sophomore Bloskey told the Rockhurst student newspaper in October 2016.
Media reports said Bloskey recently was working two jobs in addition to going to school.
Overland Park police on Monday released an enhanced image of a dark-colored Honda Odyssey minivan they believe fled the scene of the crash Saturday.
Police said that vehicle and the one driven by Siebuhr were traveling east on 151st Street when the Honda apparently struck Siebuhr’s vehicle, causing him to lose control, cross the median into oncoming traffic and strike Bloskey’s vehicle head-on. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. on 151st Street near Stearns Street.
Police said the Honda also traveled north from 151st Street on Switzer Road.
Overland Park police spokesman John Lacy said it was not clear if the two eastbound drivers were racing or if there was a road-rage incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Overland Park traffic unit at 913-912-2164 or the Tips Hotline at 816-474-8477.