SULLIVAN, MO (KMOV.com) – A moment of silence was held on the football field at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Missouri in remembrance of a teen who was hit and killed while waiting for his bus Friday morning.
Police say Donnie Tipton, 15, was hit by 23-year-old Ethan Humphries around 7:00 a.m. Humphries was traveling on Missouri 30, one mile east of the Meramec River near St. Clair when the car left the roadway. The vehicle then struck Tipton before overturning and coming to a stop.
“It’s sad,” said Taylor Morice, a friend of Tipton. “It hit the entire school really hard.”
“When we were riding the bus, we saw the crash. I texted his uncle’s girlfriend. She told me he had died,” said another friend, Donovan Hill. “It was one of the worst feelings I have ever had, knowing one of my best friends was killed.”
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the car driven by Humphries was the vehicle that killed Tipton, but there were also two other vehicles speeding with Humphries. All three drivers were intoxicated.
Humphries and his passenger were transported to a local hospital and is facing several charges, including manslaughter, vehicular assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. The other two drivers are also expected to be charged.
“I hope you live with regret for the rest of your life,” said another friend of Tipton, Elisabeth McCurdy. “You took a boy away from his friends, his family. And you took advantage of your right to drive. A right that he could not even have yet.”