Teen driver crashes into homecoming parade, injures 8

HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Students at Hazelwood West High School are celebrating their homecoming weekend, but not without thinking of what happened Saturday morning after a driver spun out of control along the homecoming parade route, sending eight people to area hospitals.

“That didn’t make any sense to me and that made me mad but I was sad at the same time” said student Dawill Johnson.  “I was just like why would you do that it’s a parade” Johnson said.

Dawill Johnson is a member of the pep squad at Hazelwood West and was a participant in Saturday morning’s parade.

“He’s [driver] speeding like he straight sped down there to try to pass a lady and she didn’t see him and bucked to his car” Johnson said.

Police say the driver of a Mustang was driving southbound on Howdershell in a “careless and imprudent manner” when he hit another vehicle, causing him to spin out of control and into the crowd.

“At the time traffic was moving freely North and South on Howdershell” said Lt. Andy Eagen.  “This was nothing more than a driver acting in a careless and imprudent manner that caused this whole incident” he said.

Police say no one was seriously hurt, describing the extent of injuries as moderate.  Students are still shocked that the accident happened and glad it wasn’t worse.

“We were stunned, we were still trying to have a little bit of spirits, but it was just like it brung everybody down” said Johnson.  “It was just a really sad moment” he said.

Homecoming festivities went on as planned.  Hazelwood West beat McClure North 25-13.

The driver, a 17-year-old man was charged with careless and imprudent driving and assault second degree.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com