WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police have identified three people who were killed when a Ford Expedition ran a stoplight Sunday near the intersection of Maple and Tracy.
They have been identified as 21-year-old Emily Phllips of McPherson, 26-year-old Zachary Taylor of Valley Center, and 26-year-old Jake Hallacy of Valley Center.
On Sunday, friends and family of some of the victims placed flowers and teddy bears on the side of Maple an Tracy Street.
“You don’t think it’s going to happen to you, but it can be anyone at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Artys, Jake Hallacy’s mother.
Jake was one of the five people riding inside a Chevy Impala early Sunday morning when a man driving a Ford Expedition ran the light, broadsiding them.
He was one of three ejected from the car.
With him was his childhood friend 26-year-old Zachary Taylor.
The 31-year-old driver of the Expedition ran away but was later found and arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
“I am broken. This is the second child that I’ve lost and had to bury,” said Ladonna Moon, mother of Zachary.
Moon says her son Zachary was a fighter beating the odds by surviving cancer.
Both men were known for their love for dancing and outdoor sports.
Jake was an Eagle Scout while Zach an avid hunter.
“I love my brother so much he loved all of us,” said Luke Hallacy, brother of Jake.
Both families are struggling with the reality that three young lives were taken so soon.
“I’m angry about somebody having the indecency to hit somebody like that and see the aftermath and just be able to run away like that,” said Hallacy.
“I feel sorry for whoever this person is. This person is going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives,” said Moon.
Wichita police say the 23-year-old driver of the car is still in the hospital. The passenger in the car has been released.
Officers say the suspect was leaving a bar near Maple and Tracy, and police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.
In addition to murder, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of two counts of aggravated battery, disobeying traffic controls and failure to stop at an accident in which great bodily harm occurred.
This year in Wichita, there have been 20 deaths in traffic-related accidents.
Funeral expenses for Jake Hallacy – http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/jake-hallacy-memorial-fund/210765