by Alan McArthur
A former Park Hill High School student was killed in a car accident on Friday night.
Megan Kitchen, 17, of Smithville, was a junior at Smithville High School when she was killed in a rollover accident in Clay County on Friday around 7 p.m.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kitchen was riding in a 1996 Chevy Blazer driven by Chad Roberts, 17, of Liberty. Also in the vehicle was Paul Jameson, 17, of Kearney.
The accident happened near the intersection of 136th Street and Orval Lane in Clay County. The location is south of Kearney and north of Liberty, west of Interstate 35.
According to the report, the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 136th Street and crested a hill at Orval Lane. The vehicle then crossed the centerline and overturned “several” times. The Blazer struck the ground, a barbed wire fence and a tree before it returned to the roadway.
The vehicle stopped on its roof facing east in the middle of the road.
Kitchen was pronounced dead at Liberty Hospital at 10:26 p.m. Both Roberts and Jameson were taken to North Kansas City Hospital with minor injuries.
All three occupants were wearing seat belts.
The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash, and it’s possible there could be charges against the driver.
According to her obituary, Kitchen had gone to Park Hill High School before transferring to Smithville for her sophomore year.
Kitchen's funeral was held on Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Platte City. The family asked that donations be made to the Smithville Animal Shelter.
A group was created on the social networking site Facebook in her memory with 370 members already on Monday. Her obituary lists that she enjoyed the outdoors, including camping and fishing.