Deadly crash leaves Meriden family stunned

Courtesy: Genoveva Callahan
Courtesy: Genoveva Callahan

MERIDEN, Kan. (KSNT) – A small town tragedy in Meriden, an 18-year-old man killed in a car crash.

It happened early Sunday morning, just days before his 19th birthday. Recent high school graduate Skylar Callahan was brought to Stormont Vail, and an hour after the crash he was pronounced dead.

This tragedy hit too close to home in a small town.

Family says Skylar Callahan was following his friends home on Detlor Road in Meriden when he rolled his truck.

“When a few minutes went by and he didn’t show up they went back in the vehicle and went looking for him and that’s when they saw him on the side of the road and called me and I went down there. I tried giving him CPR but he was already gone,” Genoveva Callahan, Sklyar’s mother said.

skylar-callahan-3His family is left wondering what happened.

“He possibly could’ve been drinking, it could’ve been a lot of things,” Callahan said.

“But I don’t know what happened and I’m never going to know.”

Skylar had four adoptive brothers, three biological brothers and two sisters.

“They spent a lot of time together.”

He also had a girlfriend.

“He loved playing baseball, he got honorable mention on all team or some all-league team as a utility player.”

Skylar Callahan graduated from Jefferson West High School in May. This crash happened right down the road from where he lived and while there are still questions, his mother says she doesn’t need to know.

“It’s enough to me that he is gone, knowing won’t bring him back.”

Skylar Callahan’s family says the funeral arrangements have been made. The visitation is set for Thursday night. The funeral will be on November 4, 2016.

Jefferson West High School released a statement saying they are extending their deepest sympathy to Skylar Callahan’s family. The statement also said the entire community of Jefferson West is saddened by the tragic event.

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