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Shawnee Mission West suffers another loss with student's death in crash

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A two-vehicle wreck on westbound Interstate 435 near Lackman Road killed 17-year old Houston St. John. The crash was reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. A two-vehicle wreck on westbound Interstate 435 near Lackman Road killed 17-year old Houston St. John. The crash was reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
St. John was heavily involved in musical theaters, as well as the Christian Youth Theatre KC, an educational theatre arts program for children. St. John was heavily involved in musical theaters, as well as the Christian Youth Theatre KC, an educational theatre arts program for children.
He actively participated in his school's musicals and was a middle linebacker on the football team. He actively participated in his school's musicals and was a middle linebacker on the football team.
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LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

For the second time in a little more than a month, students at Shawnee Mission West are mourning the death of a classmate.

A two-vehicle wreck on westbound Interstate 435 near Lackman Road killed 17-year old Houston St. John. The crash was reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

An initial crash report said St. John, of Lenexa, was eastbound on I-435 when he lost control, spun out and went through the median into the westbound lanes. His vehicle then collided with a 62-year-old Leavenworth man driving westbound.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the three left lanes were closed as officials worked to clear the scene. Emergency vehicles were also on the left shoulder of eastbound I-435 in the same area.

The roadway was reopened later in the afternoon.

Crash investigators are still trying to figure out why St. John lost control.

St. John was heavily involved in musical theaters, as well as the Christian Youth Theatre KC, an educational theatre arts program for children.  He actively participated in his school's musicals and was a middle linebacker on the football team.

"The life of each student is precious. At this time, our deepest thoughts and condolences are extended to the St. John family.  We will continue to provide additional support for the students, staff, and Shawnee Mission West community as they cope with this tragic loss," said district spokeswoman Leigh Anne Neal.

There will be additional counselors at Shawnee Mission West on Wednesday to provide support for students and staff members.

About a month earlier, the high school suffered another tragic loss when Andre Maloney, a star member of the football team, collapsed at a Thursday night game. He died the next day. A representative for Research Medical Center said Maloney died of a stroke.

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