Family, friends remember man killed in crash while riding motorcycle

bbashioum@demo-mo.comAugust 10, 2014 

Family and friends of James “J.T.” Sutton gathered for a candlelight vigil on the field of Memorial Stadium in Harrisonville on Aug. 10 to remember the 21-year-old man who died in a weekend motorcycle crash in rural Cass County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sutton was driving east on a red, 2004 Honda motorcycle on Missouri 2 Highway near 263rd Street when he tried to pass a slower vehicle by moving into the westbound lane at 2:36 p.m. Aug. 9.

While attempting to make the pass, Sutton struck a westbound vehicle, a 2006 Suzuki Forenza driven by 70-year-old Wendy Fergus of Linn Valley, Kan.

Sutton died at the scene, and Fergus suffered serious injuries. A passenger in the Suzuki, 72-year-old Doral Fergus, sustained moderate injuries, according to the crash report.

Both individuals were transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with the crash.

Sutton, a 2011 Harrisonville High School graduate, became a reserve policeman with the Garden City Police Department after graduating last year from the inaugural Class No. 1301 of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy.

Funeral services were scheduled for Aug. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville followed by burial in Orient Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy.

Sutton is survived by his fiancée, Jessica Poe, Harrisonville; his parents, James and Debra Sutton, Greenwood; one brother, Steven Kyle Sutton, and his wife, Crystal, Lee’s Summit; one sister, Tara Lynne Sutton, Greenwood; maternal grandmothers, Janie Burgin, Martinsburg, W. Va., and Karen Burgin, Harrisonville; maternal grandfather, Tom Burgin, Altus, Okla.,  and paternal grandparents, James M. and Mary Louise Sutton, Frankfort, Ky.

Sutton was also employed at Whelen Security in Kansas City.

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