Patrol: Fleeing driver kills man in wrong-way crash on Kansas Turnpike

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Authorities say a vehicle involved in a pursuit on the Kansas Turnpike crashed into another vehicle, killing one person. 

It happened Monday afternoon on I-70 west of Bonner Springs. The Kansas Highway Patrol told KCTV that a trooper attempted to stop the Kansas City, Kansas, suspect for a registration violation. The man fled westbound on Interstate 70 before turning around near Bonner Springs and driving eastbound into oncoming traffic. 

Patrol Capt. Joe Bott said the fleeing motorist and the driver of another vehicle swerved before crashing head-on. The patrol identified the victim as 19-year-old Nathan Pena, of Brookfield, Illinois.

Bott said the fleeing driver had minor injuries and was taken into custody at the scene. No charges were immediately filed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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