A Sacred Heart High School junior was killed in a vehicle accident in Johnson County Monday afternoon.
The student, Zachary Parsons, 17, of Warrensburg, died in a single-vehicle accident, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.
The report states Parsons was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 50, west of state Route FF, around 3:30 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and became airborne. The vehicle struck the ground, overturned and came to rest on its right side. Parsons was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 4 p.m. by Johnson County Coroner C.L. Holdren.
Reports indicate Parsons was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time,” Sacred Heart Principal Dr. Gary Manning said. “Zach was a wonderful young man and he and his family is well respected for their work in the community.”
Parsons was involved in numerous activities during the three years he attended Sacred Heart.
He was a member of the National Honor Society, speech and debate program, the tennis team and was active in the 4-H Blackwater Bobcats Chapter.
Parsons served as the West Central Representative for the State 4-H Council and is the Missouri Representative for the National 4-H Council.
Parsons was also chosen as the 2015 Operation Homefront National Guard Military Child of the Year. He served on the Missouri National Guard Teen Advisory Council as well.
Sacred Heart will host a prayer service for the students, staff and community at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Sacred Heart Church, 421 W. Third St.
The basketball games between Scared Heart and Smithton scheduled for tonight have been postponed, and plans for Sacred Heart’s senior night scheduled for Thursday evening are pending.
Counselors from Sacred Heart and the Sedalia School District 200 were available Tuesday morning to speak with Sacred Heart students.
“We will make a determination concerning senior night after we have been notified of the funeral arrangements,” Manning said. “We are extremely grateful to the Sedalia School District for sending counselors to the school to help our students in their grief.”
Parsons is the son of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parsons and Debbie Parsons.
Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time.
The Democrat will update this story as more information becomes available throughout the day. Check back with sedaliademocrat.com for further updates as they become available.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.