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UPDATE: Southeast HS Senior critically injured in weekend crash

Published: Apr. 11, 2021 at 3:02 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 10:34 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Officials with Lincoln Public Schools have shared that a Lincoln Southeast High School senior who was critically injured in a crash over the weekend is not expected to survive.

According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened just before 11:20 p.m. Saturday night at SW 14th & Highway 33.

Sheriff Terry Wagner said a southbound 2012 Chrysler 200 with four people, failed to stop at the stop sign for southbound traffic on SW 14th Street at Highway 33, and then entered the intersection.

LSO said the Chrysler 200 was hit on the passenger side by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that was eastbound on the highway.

Sheriff Wagner said a total of six people were transported to Lincoln hospitals: two from the pickup truck and four from the car.

Both occupants in the pickup were treated and released with minor injuries. The driver of the pickup has been identified as 60-year-old Therese Horner of Kearney.

LSO identified the driver of the Chrysler 200 as 18-year-old Dheyab Kortan. Southeast High School senior, Kennedy Bowles, was critically injured in the crash and was a passenger in the Chrysler 200.

LPS sent a message to parents and students on Monday.

We have sad news to share with you this morning. Over the weekend, Kennedy Bowles, one of our seniors, was critically injured in a car crash. She is not expected to survive her injuries. We ask that you keep Kennedy, her family and her friends in your thoughts at this especially difficult time. Please respect the privacy of Kennedy’s family and refrain from participating in gossip or spreading rumors in person or online.

Grief affects everyone in different ways and we encourage you to be kind to yourself and those around you who might be struggling. Even though you might not know Kennedy, it is possible that this situation may cause you to think of someone you knew or loved. Your counselors, social workers, psychologist, and the LPS Crisis Team are here to offer support and you can ask your teacher for a pass to the Counseling Center if you would like to talk with them. If you are learning at home, check your email for a link to request to Zoom with your counselor or a Crisis Team member.

The Lincoln Public Schools Crisis Team is available at Southeast High School today to provide support to students and staff. If your student is home alone and a remote learner, please check on your student after they hear this news. If you need us to help support your child who is learning at home, please contact our office at (402) 436-1304.

Adolescents may respond to the news of traumatic events in many ways. Some may show no emotions while others may experience very intense emotions. Feelings about previous experiences may also resurface. It is natural for teens to often reach out to peers for support. However, their peers may also be struggling and inexperienced with grief. You are encouraged to talk with your student about their feelings.

Please know our staff are here to assist you and your child. Feel free to contact us if you need more support.

Tanner Penrod, Principal Southeast High School

Sheriff Wagner said deputies are still investigating the crash to determine the cause. LSO deputies are also still working to determine if drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

“Preliminary evidence indicates that seatbelts were in use by the occupants of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. Seatbelt use by the occupants of the 2012 Chrysler is unknown at this time.”

Lincoln Fire & Rescue, as well as volunteers from Southwest, Hickman and Crete Fire & Rescue were all at the scene.

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