4 killed, 6 hurt in 4 crashes across Kansas

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COLBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Highway Patrol says four people died and six others were hurt in four crashes across the state on Thursday.

The first accident happened shortly before noon on U.S. 24 west of Colby. The patrol says the 24-year-old driver of a Ford Fusion was heading east, went left of center and struck a westbound semi. 

Shanelle Padilla, of Rexford, was driving the Fusion and died at a local hospital. She was not wearing a seat belt. The 21-year-old semi driver had minor injuries.

The second crash took place in Osage County, which is in eastern Kansas, just after 7:45 p.m. A Chevy Silverado was driving north on U.S. 75 north of Lyndon and attempted to pass a commercial vehicle. The pickup hit a Dodge Durango head-on. 

The passenger in the Chevy, 24-year-old Jennarene Hawkins, of Burlingame, was transported to a Topeka hospital where she died. The 20-year-old man driving the pickup suffered serious injuries. 

In the Durango, the 33-year-old driver and a 9-year-old boy had serious injuries, and two girls, ages 1 and 2, were hospitalized with complaints of pain. 

The patrol says Hawkins and the 9-year-old boy were not restrained. 

In Sumner County at 8 p.m., a four-door Acura was heading west on K-42 when the driver lost control and went off the roadway. The car rolled twice and landed on its wheels. The driver, 29-year-old Chaz Charbonneau, of Milton, was ejected from the vehicle and died at a Wichita hospital. 

Charbonneau was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol says. 

Later that night, a pedestrian was killed when he attempted to cross the Kansas Turnpike in Wyandotte County. It happened just after 11:15 p.m.

The patrol says 49-year-old Vernon Long was crossing the roadway to the north from the median and was hit by a westbound Chevy Equinox. He died at the scene, and the vehicle driver was not hurt. 

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