Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2010

Linwood collision takes life of Bonner resident

April 22, 2010

A Bonner Springs man was killed Sunday in a two-car accident on Kansas Highway 32 near Linwood in Leavenworth County.

The crash occurred at about 1:36 p.m. on K-32, just west of 198th Street or about one mile east of Linwood.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, April Umbenhower, 17, of Linwood, was driving westbound in the eastbound lane of K-32 at the time of the crash.

Umbenhower’s Jeep Cherokee struck, head-on, a Chevrolet Impala driving eastbound on K-32. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the Chevrolet, which was driven by Karen Huffman, 59, of Bonner Springs, attempted to go left of center to avoid the crash.

Richard Huffman, 62, of Bonner Springs, the passenger of the Chevrolet, was declared dead at the scene. The patrol report said he was wearing a seat belt.

Karen Huffman suffered disabling injuries, the patrol reported, and was transferred to Kansas University Hospital. The patrol report said she was wearing a seat belt.

As of Wednesday, the hospital said it could not confirm or deny Huffman was at the facility.

Umbenhower was also transferred to KU Hospital to be treated for injuries she sustained in the crash. She, too, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

On Wednesday, hospital officials listed Umbenhower’s condition as fair.

Josh Reisthman, lead investigator with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said the crash was still under investigation.

“We’re in the preliminary investigation, so we’re looking at every possible option,” Reisthman said of why Umbenhower was driving in the wrong lane of K-32. “We don’t have a definitive answer at this time.”

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