Crash Near Newton Kills Two

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Update: Saturday, December 10, 2011

A local father, dedicated to his children, is one of the victims from a deadly crash Saturday morning in Harvey County. The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 135 on the south side of Newton.

"He was always there for all of us. He loved his children very much. He loved his family very much," said Audrey Jacobosky, friend.

Now, only memories of Josh Hollinger, 27, and his friend, Devaun Hudson, 21, remain. The two were on their way back from Manhattan early Saturday morning after dropping off two of Hollinger's five children with their mother.

Friends say Hudson and Hollinger were having a difficult time finding their way back to Wichita. Eventually, phone calls from their loved ones went unanswered.

"We thought they were ignoring us, and we find out this morning that the whole time we were calling him, the reason he wasn't answering is because he was dead," said Stefani Hudson, Josh's girlfriend.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Hudson and Hollinger were traveling southbound on I-135 near the First Street exit in Newton. They somehow lost control of their vehicle and went through the median, ended up in the northbound lanes and colliding with another vehicle.

A man and a woman in their 50s from Tennessee were inside that other vehicle. Both were taken to a Wichita hospital, one in serious condition. Hudson and Hollinger were pronounced dead at the scene.

"I was supposed to take him," said Hudson. "If I would have taken him, he would still be here."

As they struggle with the fact that neither one will be with them again, friends say it is important to remember the good times, knowing Hudson and Hollinger will never be forgotten.

"They were always there for you, no matter what," said Christopher Guy, Josh's nephew.

"We love them both very much, and they're both always still going to be here for us, and be with us through everything," said Jacobosky.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the two people killed in a crash in Harvey County early this morning.

According to an accident report from the Highway Patrol, Devaun Hudson, 21, Wichita, and Joshua Hollinger, 27, Beebe, Ark., died in the crash, which happened about 1:30 a.m. on I-135 near the exit for First Street in Newton.

Two people in another vehicle, Yvonne Rippee, 54 and Robert Kitchens, 51, both of Collierville, Tenn., were injured. They were taken to Via Christi-St. Francis hospital where Kitchens was still listed in serious condition late this morning.

Investigators believe Hudson was driving a 2003 Kia Rio southbound on the Interstate when she lost control. The car crossed the median and hit a northbound 2004 GMC Yukon, driven by Rippee. It is unknown what caused Hudson to lose control.

The northbound lanes of I-135 were closed until about 8 a.m. and drivers were diverted to westbound Highway 50.

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