Authorities have identified the two Oklahoma women who died in a fiery crash on the Kansas Turnpike on April 15. The pair, a 38-year-old driver and her 33-year-old passenger, died in south Wichita when their vehicle was struck by a Ford F-150. The two victims died at the scene of the fatal car crash.
Official reports show that the pair was struck by a 65-year-old driver who is thought to have suffered from a medical condition that caused him to become disoriented. It appears that the at-fault driver was traveling the wrong way on the turnpike at about 9:15 p.m., when the accident occurred. The driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes when he struck the victims' Pontiac G6.
Initial reports show that the man's vehicle entered the turnpike on the correct northbound ramp at the South Wichita toll plaza. While the man was still on the ramp, he drove off of the road, striking a road sign. Then, the man got back onto the road, traveling the wrong direction in the northbound lane.
Authorities say that the Pontiac overturned after it struck a guardrail on the turnpike. The pickup truck slid to a far lane before catching fire. The at-fault driver was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.
The driver in this case may have suffered from a medical condition that caused him to travel the wrong way in the northbound lanes of traffic. Regardless of whether the man is charged with a criminal offense, he may still be held liable for wrongful death in connection with the accident. Oklahoma residents should not have to endure the loss of a loved one because of another driver's negligence, even if a medical condition is involved.
Source: The Wichita Eagle, "Two women killed in fiery turnpike crash identified" Stan Finger, Apr. 16, 2014