WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – At least three people were killed in separate accidents across the state Saturday.
The first happened just after midnight in Wilson County. A 21-year-old male and a 25-year-old male were headed westbound on K-47 when the vehicle went left of center and went into a ditch. The vehicle went airborne before hitting the embankment and ejecting the two men. Neither were wearing their seatbelts. The 25-year-old passenger, Danny Riddle, died in the crash. The driver was critically wounded.
The second accident happened in Stafford County just after 11:00 a.m. A Honda Accord driven by a 22-year-old man was headed eastbound on U-50. A Dodge Avenger was stopped nearby on U-281 at U-50. A third vehicle, a Ford Escort driven by a 77-year-old man failed to yield at the intersection and pulled in front of the Honda. The Honda hit the Ford, which went into a nearby ditch, after which the Honda hit the Dodge.
The passenger in the Honda, 87-year-old Marjorie Bice, was taken to Wesley Medical Center where she later died. The 77-year-old driver of the Honda was critically wounded. The occupants of the other two cars were not seriously injured.
Around noon in Jefferson County, a man was driving southbound on Ferguson Road when he over-corrected on a curve, hitting a tree. 51-year-old Reid Allen Bressler, of Ozawkie, was ejected from his pickup and pronounced dead on the scene. Bressler was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The fourth accident happened just before 9:00 p.m. in McPherson County, about four miles north of Inman. A Chevrolet pickup driven by 19-year-old Tyler Karraker was disabled across both northbound lanes of K-61, as a result of a previous accident. A semi truck headed north on K-61 hit the pickup. Karraker was taken to Hutchinson Hospital, where he later died. The driver and passenger of the semi were not injured.