Man sentenced for DUI crash that killed Kansas mom, 2 kids

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
KTKA, Topeka KTKA, Topeka
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Texas man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a DUI crash that claimed the lives of a Kansas woman and her two children.

Steven Johnson, 45, of Houston, pleaded guilty in March to one count of second-degree reckless murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. He was sentenced Friday to 174 months.

New Kansas law stiffens penalties after deadly DUI accidents

The crash happened in November of 2016 on Interstate 70 near Junction City. Johnson was driving a commercial truck that crossed the highway median and struck a car driven by 26-year-old Jessica Thompson.

Thompson and her 5-year-old daughter, Leah, died at the scene of the crash. Her 6-year-old son, Jaydon, later died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Thompson had taken her children out of school for a medical appointment that day. They were returning when the truck crashed into the family's vehicle.

  • On Your SideMore>>

  • KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: Kansas Infant Mortality

    KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: Kansas Infant Mortality

    It's been almost thirteen years since BreAnn Gilkey lost her twin boys. One died in the womb and the other lived for just 9 days. "It's still a pain that you will never forget." She went into labor months early. The babies only weighing a couple pounds. "I don't think anybody should go through anything like that without receiving some type of therapy," Gilkey said. Their death mirrors a grim reality that African-American babies are dying more than any other ra...

    It's been almost thirteen years since BreAnn Gilkey lost her twin boys. One died in the womb and the other lived for just 9 days. "It's still a pain that you will never forget." She went into labor months early. The babies only weighing a couple pounds. "I don't think anybody should go through anything like that without receiving some type of therapy," Gilkey said. Their death mirrors a grim reality that African-American babies are dying more than any other ra...

  • Mulvane woman's truck and trailer stolen

    Mulvane woman's truck and trailer stolen

    Mulvane woman's truck, trailer, and $3,000 worth of equipment stolen.

    Mulvane woman's truck, trailer, and $3,000 worth of equipment stolen.

  • Union Rescue Mission tackling growing meth problem

    Union Rescue Mission tackling growing meth problem

    The local non-profit, Union Rescue Mission, is tackling the growing methamphetamine problem with a faith-based approach.

    The local non-profit, Union Rescue Mission, is tackling the growing methamphetamine problem with a faith-based approach.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • KAKE NEWS INVESTIGATES: Kansas Infant Mortality

      It's been almost thirteen years since BreAnn Gilkey lost her twin boys. One died in the womb and the other lived for just 9 days. "It's still a pain that you will never forget." She went into labor months early. The babies only weighing a couple pounds. "I don't think anybody should go through anything like that without receiving some type of therapy," Gilkey said. Their death mirrors a grim reality that African-American babies are dying more than any other ra...

    • Winter storm on the way to KAKEland

      Tuesday will bring what may be the very best chance of accumulating snow we’ve seen in Wichita this season so far.

    • Closings & Delays

      The latest list of school and weather-related closings and delays.

    • Police arrested suspect in shooting outside south Wichita motel

      Sedgwick County jail records show 31-year-old Christopher Daniel Kemmerly was booked at 10:30 p.m. Monday for first-degree murder and domestic violence battery. 

    • Three teens charged as adults for rape of 19-year-old woman; 12-year-old also arrested and charged

      By WMAR Staff Click here for updates on this story
    • Woman killed in south Wichita crash

      A woman was killed in an accident in South Wichita Monday night.

    • Drivers do costly damage to highways during winter storms

      The most recent storm left behind damage on Kansas highways. The Kansas Department of Transportation says when the roadways are slick, the highways take a hit.  

    • Sickness spreading: what's going around and what schools are doing

      This Andale High School classroom is empty,  but not because of the holiday. Crews are disinfecting the room because so many students have been ill.  "Talking to our nurse, it's one of those where it's not uncommon, but the numbers are a little higher this year than in the past," says Steve Stanhope, Andale High Assistant Principal. So what exactly is it that's going around? Aside from the flu, here's what doctors have been seeing. Upper respiratory infection, a...

    • Hutchinson man sentenced in killing of cyclist

       A judge has sentenced a Hutchinson man to two years in prison for intentionally crashing into a bicyclist, who later died. 

    • Two arrested in connection to Hutchinson convenience store robbery

      Hutchinson police are searching for a suspect who struck a convenience store cashier and removed money from the cash register.  The robbery happened at around 2:24 a.m. Monday at the Kwik Shop at 1401 East 17th Avenue.