Platte student killed in car crash
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
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
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
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
"Corey was a nice young man and he'll be missed
by all of us," said Green.