Junction City residents heartbroken over fatal crash

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT) – A Texas man was arrested in the head-on crash Monday that killed Jessica Thompson, of Junction City and her 5-year-old daughter Leah.

Jessica’s 6-year old son, Jaydon, was flown to a Wichita hospital where he later died.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper says the 26-year-old mom of Junction City had taken both children out of school Tuesday for a medical appointment. Leah and Jaydon were both students at Eisenhower Elementary School. Leah was a kindergartner and Jaydon was a first grader.

“The social workers were just on hand the entire day today to talk to anybody who needs it.” said Beth Hudson with the Geary County Schools. “I like the idea that they said they had put out a basket for the kindergartners on Leah’s desk and they could put notes and draw pictures.”

Jessica Thompson also worked at Handy’s Liquor in Junction City. Her children had only been attending Eisenhower Elementary School for two months, according to Beth Hudson.

“They obviously feel that pain,” she said. “I think everybody is just heartbroken because you could imagine what that loss would be like personally. To lose a mom in that way, to lose a student in that way. We all grieve for the family, we all grieve for the school. It’s just a tough thing to have to go through.”

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, all three family members were wearing seat belts.

The truck driver, Steven Johnson was not injured in the crash. Johnson is the Geary County Jail being held on two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence.