SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – Silver Lake and Rossville residents have been shaken by the tragic accident that killed four people, including three Silver Lake students. Accidents like these are becoming too familiar.
Timmy Nesbit III died in a car crash this past February. The 15-year-old was a student at Silver Lake High School.
Now the small school is grappling with grief after the loss of three siblings in just one day.
Devin Greeve, a high school senior, Gabby Greeve, a sixth grader, and freshman Tyler Course were the students killed. The car they were in went off the shoulder, overcorrected and was hit by another car traveling the same direction.
The driver of the other car , 47-year-old Lance Lenard of Rossville – was also killed. His 13-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Sylver Myers, a former classmate of Devin Greeve, says she went to the same classes as him.
“He was really sweet he was always funny,” she says. “He didn’t cause anyone problems. I was really shocked.”
Silver Lake resident Terrie Myers had just dropped her daughter off at school when she saw the wreck.
“There has already been so many tragedies in this town and just one more,” she said. “Especially with that many people in it. It breaks my heart because I don’t want to be one of those parents that gets a phone call like that or has to go through something like that.”
Many other parents we talked to expressed similar grief. Teachers and faculty are struggling to deal with their own emotions.
In an email, Joy Hockett, an English teacher at Silver Lake told KSNT she didn’t know Gabby Greeve, but did know Devin Greeve and Tyler Crouse.
Here is her full statement:
“I don’t know the sister, Gabby, but knew Devin and Tyler. Devin was a quiet young man, and was on the SL Debate team. He was a great big brother, always looking out for Tyler and Gabby. Tyler was full of energy and enjoyed playing drums. He loved making others laugh. Tyler was especially proud of being an uncle. He thought he had the cutest niece in the world. Both boys had a wonderful sense of humor–Devin’s more sophisticated and intellectual; Tyler’s witty and unrestrained. Both had an unusual creativity about them, but each expressed it in a very different way. They were both wonderful young men in many ways, frequently putting others before themselves. They will be missed.”
A Silver Lake parent sent KSNT a message about Lance Lenard.
He wrote that Lenard gave an immense amount of time to kids as a coach with the northeast Kansas Track Club and he hopes he will be remembered as the great man he was.