Wichita police have released the names of three people killed in an accident near Tracy and Maple Sunday morning.

Investigators say Zack Taylor and Jake Hallacy, of Valley Center, and Emily Phillips, 21, of McPherson, died in the crash after a Ford Expedition hit the Chevy they were riding in.

The 23-year-old driver of the Chevy, Samantha Gaylor, and a 19-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital but are expected to recover.

Gaylor's family says Sam is awake and talking, but she has a long road to recovery ahead.

Police say the 31-year-old driver of the Expedition had just left a bar, and was speeding, when he ran a red light and hit the Chevy. They also say he never applied his brakes before the crash.

Through jail records, we have identified that driver as Juan Pablo Gandara-Rodela.

He fled the scene, but was later arrested at his home in the 4400 block of S. Victoria.

This year, 20 people have died in 14 separate traffic-related accidents in Wichita.

Memorial funds have been setup raise money for the victims' funeral and burial costs. 

Jake Hallacy Memorial Fund
Zach Taylor Memorial Fund


3 people killed in hit and run accident

Wichita police arrest a man who they say ran a red light near Tracy and Maple Sunday morning, and hit a Chevy with 5 people inside. Three died at the scene, two others were hurt and taken to the hospital.

Three of the passengers in the Chevy were thrown from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Family have identified 2 of the victims as Jake Hallacy and Zack Taylor, both are from Valley Center. Police have not released the name of the woman who died. The two surviving victims have not been named either.

"The driver of the Chevy is in critical condition, the front seat passenger is in serious condition," said Wichita Police Sergeant Tim Merrick. "Those persons were strapped in."

Merrick said the driver of a Ford Expedition, believed to be responsible for the crash, fled on foot and was later arrested in the area by officers.

According to jail records, he faces 3 counts of 2nd Degree Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault, Reckless Driving and Failing to stay at an accident.