Fatal Crash On I-135
Jeff Garretson - Tue 11:06 AM 06/12/2012
Preliminary data from the Kansas Department of Transportation says 57 people died in alcohol-related crashes, compared with 102 in 2011. Alcohol-related traffic accidents also declined last year 2,184, the lowest number in more than a decade.
A Wichita man dies after a roll over crash on I-135.
According to Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, 39-year-old Eddie John Sawyer Groff of Wichita was ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene early Tuesday morning.
Deputies report around 1:30am, the 1995 Saturn sedan was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control near the Bridgeport exit and rolled numerous times.
Groff was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the backseat.
Another passenger, Angela Nash, 22, of Wichita was injured and transported to Salina Regional Heath Center by the Lindsborg Ambulance. Deputies say she was not buckled up.
The driver, 22-year-old Joseph David Chavez, was cut out of the car by emergency crews and taken to the hospital in Salina.
Sheriff Kochanowski says that Chavez is facing charges that include involuntary manslaughter, driving with a suspended licence and DUI.