Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 29, 2013

Teen dies after car collides with truck

3 Northwestern students have died in past year

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer

— A 17-year-old Northwestern High School student was killed after the car he was driving collided with a mail truck at Davis and Smith roads Wednesday evening.

Kokomo police said Kalin D. Storie initially was flown by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for treatment after the 5:09 p.m. crash. He died late Wednesday as a result of his injuries.

Police Capt. Brian Thompson said Storie was driving east on Smith Road in a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire and collided with a GMC mail truck traveling south on Davis Road. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured. A preliminary report indicated Storie initially stopped at the stop sign then continued through the intersection into the path of the truck.

A junior at Northwestern, Storie played on the football team, ran track and was an honor student, Northwestern High School Principal Al Remaly said.

“He was a very well-rounded kid,” said Remaly. “Everyone loved him.”

“Last night we had a prayer vigil with around 200 parents, kids and community members,” Remaly said. “It really helped the students prepare themselves for what’s coming.”

Remaly said Thursday morning was difficult for Northwestern students and staff.

“We had six to eight youth pastors talking to the kids. The school community pulled together really well. It’s just amazing what they’ve done.”

Storie’s death marks the third tragic death of a Northwestern student in the last year.

Former student Tanner Barton died last April, former student Blake Taylor died in a car crash on his way back to college after Christmas break and now Storie, said Remaly.

“It’s been one of those years you hope to never experience again.”