Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
The Kansas Highway Patrol says four people are dead and another was seriously injured in an accident on the Kansas Turnpike. The accident happened Wednesday night in Sumner County about 2 miles north of the Oklahoma border.
The patrol says the accident occurred when the driver of a 2006 Dodge Magnum tried to do a U-turn in front of a semitrailer. Two people were thrown from the vehicle and two others were pinned inside. All four died at the scene.
The driver has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Minor of Sedgwick. The names of the three passengers who died in the crash have been released: 23-year-old Lindsey Shain, 27-year-old Chad Kingsley and 22-year-old Johnette Grimes. The three passengers were residents of Wichita.
A fifth passenger, 27-year-old Michael Meyer, was injured in the crash and flown to a Wichita hospital. He is currently listed in serious condition at Wesley Medical Center.
"We've lost our group," said Damon Carey, who was a friend of all of the victims. "There are seven children who have lost a mom or a dad... or both."
The driver of the semi is 34-year-old Miguel Guzman-Hernandez, also of Wichita. He was not seriously hurt.