UPDATE: Thursday, May 23, 2012
A 5-year-old girl has died of injuries she sustained in a crash Monday morning in Pratt County.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 10:20 Monday morning on Kansas Highway 61, about a mile and a half north of Preston.
Nevaeh Smallwood died Thursday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Her brother, 2-year-old Craigjohn Vanzandt, died in the crash.
The driver, 27-year-old Ginny Coats, and 6-year-old Jessica Coats have been treated and released. Reports state no one in the vehicle was properly restrained.
May 22, 2013
A 2-year-old boy was killed and his sister critically injured in an accident in Pratt County.
The accident happened Monday morning on Kansas Highway 61. The Kansas Highway Patrol said a truck driven by Ginny Coates, 27, of Turon, left the road for some reason. Coates was able to get the truck back on the highway but made an evasive maneuver. The truck went out of control, rolling three times.
Three children were in the car. Craigjohn Vanzandt, 2, of Turon was killed. Five-year-old Nevaeh Smallwood is undergoing treatment at Wesley Medical Center. Family members tell KAKE News they have made the decision to donate her organs.
"We can't bring our little heaven back so we needed to give comfort to some other mother, she would want that," said grandparents Craig and Rose Richter.
Wesley Pediatric Intensive Care Manager Cyndi Chapman says many families, like the Richter's, find strength in organ donation.
"It gives the family something to hang on to and know that there's been other people that they've been able to save," Chapman said.
By donating, Chapman says there is the possibility of providing seven people with organs, and up to fifteen people with tissues and eyes.
Ginny Coates and 6-year-old Jessica Coates were treated at a Pratt medical center and released.
For more information on organ donations, a link has been provided below.