ST. LOUIS – Investigators have identified four people who died in a St. Louis hit-and-run crash over the weekend.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has identified the victims as:
- Bryanna Johnson, 18, of Vanita Park, Missouri
- Anthony Robinson, 19, of Jennings, Missouri
- Corntrail McKinley, 20, of St. Louis
- Richard Boyd, 19, of St. Louis
The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and the Forest Park Parkway, located in Midtown.
Courtney McKinley, one of the four who survived the accident, is recovering from his injuries after the Chevy Tahoe he was driving was slammed into by a driver who ran a red light.
“I caught it in the glance of my eye,” said Courtney, brother of Corntrail. “Until I could even look over, I was hit. After that, I just see black. Everything. Everything I felt. I felt moving through the air. I felt when we fell. But I didn’t know that I fell. I just thought I was just spinning or getting tossed around.”
Police claim a 2004 Chevy Impala was driving southbound on Grand Avenue, ran a stoplight, went into the northbound lanes, and hit a 2021 Chevy Tahoe in the intersection. The SUV drove off the South Grand overpass onto Forest Park Parkway. The Tahoe landed upside down.
The driver of the Chevy Impala fled the scene. No new suspect information has been released as of Tuesday.
There were eight people in the Tahoe. One woman and three men died in the crash. Three other teens, an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man, and an 18-year-old woman, were also injured. They were transported to a nearby hospital and said to be in critical condition.
“They had to walk themselves to the EMS,” said Shanta Lucius, mother of Corntrail and Courtney. “Broken bones, broken spine, broke back. They had to walk. It took civilians to help them.”
Lucius said Corntrail had a registered gun in the car. She said she rushed to the scene and claimed first responders stopped trying to help the victims, who were still in the upside-down car.
“They were so obsessed about the firearms that they found around the vehicle that they started searching the vehicle and not getting these kids out of this truck,” Lucius said. “I’m screaming, ‘That’s our kids. Get these kids out of the truck.’”
There is a GoFundMe page set up for both Courtney and his brother, Corntrail, whose family is grieving his loss.
KIPP St. Louis High School released the following on Bryanna Dentman-Johnson, a senior who died in the crash:
“On behalf of the entire KIPP St. Louis team and family, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to Bryanna’s mother, Ms. Stephanie Boyd, her family, teachers, classmates and friends.
Bryanna Dentman-Johnson would have graduated with the class of 2023 this May. After graduation she had dreams of pursuing a degree in Fashion Design and was already admitted to Lindenwood University, Lincoln University and Harris Stowe State-University. KIPP St. Louis High School plans to award her mother an honorary diploma in Bryanna’s memory.
Bryanna will be remembered for her thoughtful, calm and positive presence. She always had a smile on her face, loved to express herself through fashion and was a support for her peers.”