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North Platte student killed in car crash

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporters

An Edgerton teenager was killed in a two-vehicle auto accident at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in rural Platte County.

According to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, Corey Lee Lanham, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Lanham, a junior at North Platte High School, was driving a 1991 Ford Explorer south on Missouri Route EE.

David Ledbetter, 18, of Camden Point, was driving a 1990 Chevy Beretta east on Pleasant Grove Road.

Authorities said Ledbetter's vehicle skidded into the intersection and collided with Lanham's vehicle. The Explorer overturned, ejecting Lanham and a passenger, Jeff Boden, 17, of Camden Point. Boden was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Ledbetter was not injured.

According to North Platte School District High School Principal, Ron Green, the student body is slowly getting back to normal following the incident.
"We're trying to get back to normal. The kids are handling things well, all things considered," stated Green.

On Monday, the Northwest District Counselors provided the high school with four counselors, who assisted the high school and elementary guidance counselors, as well as former high school DARE officer Sgt. Dan Green of the Missouri Highway Patrol and Tom Taulbee, school liaison officer from the Platte County Sheriff's Department.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 25 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton with burial at Ridgely Cemetery in Ridgely.

Green stated that even though the district decided to hold school on Thursday, students and staff wishing to attend will be excused for the services. The district will provide buses to transport the students and staff wishing to attend the funeral. Green stated the buses are scheduled to depart from the high school at 10:20 a.m.

"Corey was a nice young man and he'll be missed by all of us," said Green.