Two Sterling College students killed in Reno County fatal crash

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that killed two people in Reno County. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Highway 50 and Sego Road.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2014 Chevy Cruze was northbound on Sego Road, and a semi was heading westbound on Highway 50. Officials said the Cruze pulled out in front of the semi. The semi struck the passenger side of the car.

Officials identified the victims as 21-year-old Esther G. Jenkerson of Datil, New Mexico and 25-year-old Xavier C. Bradford of Los Angeles, California. The two are students at Sterling College. Jenkerson was an athletic training major. Bradford was a writing and editing: creative writing major and on the Sterling College football team.

“To hear of Esther’s and Xavier’s passing is a tragedy. Their involvement on campus brought energy and we enjoyed them both at Sterling. We will miss them deeply. At this time, we pray for peace for the families and their Sterling College families. They were loved by many students, staff and faculty here. We are praying for the comfort we know only the Lord will bring during times like these,” said Scott Rich, president.

The college is providing counseling services for Sterling students in the student life office, and a prayer service Monday at the Gleason Center at 6:30 p.m.