Police haven't released many details and still have much to learn regarding Saturday's triple-fatal crash on Duncan Road in northern Blue Springs.
The crash that happened about 8:10 Saturday night near the entrance to the Indian Hills Estates subdivision left three teenage boys dead – 15-year-old Nicholas Fordham and Darrian Warmack and Kaylen Wright, both 16 – at the scene. A second vehicle was involved – an SUV driven by a woman pulling out of the subdivision onto Duncan Road. She was taken to the hospital but released without any injury, police said, and is not cited for the crash.
The boys were westbound in a Toyota Acura and apparently clipped the SUV and went off the right side of Duncan, just past the entrance drive, and crashed into the ditch and several trees.
Duncan Road is straight but not completely flat at that point – about a half-mile west of Missouri 7 – and the posted speed limit is 35 mph.
The Acura was not registered to any of the boys, but was not known as a stolen vehicle, police said. Police have not released who was driving the Acura, whether any of the occupants were wearing seatbelts or how fast the Acura was going – if indeed those facts are even known.
A BSPD spokesperson said investigators are trying to retrieve possible black-box information from the remnants of the Acura and are waiting for the results of toxicology reports. Investigators have also been checking possible surveillance cameras from properties along Duncan Road to identify possible clues. The neighborhoods in that locale are mostly carved into wooded areas.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting Blue Springs Police with the investigation.
Family and friends had a balloon release at the Blue Springs Freshman Center late Monday afternoon, Christmas Eve, in honor of the three boys.
Side Pockets in Blue Springs is hosting Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Friday to raise funds for the boys' families for funeral expenses. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament at 7 p.m., with a $40 entry and $20 re-entry. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.