Three people are dead after a wreck on K-254 near the Sedgwick-Butler County line.
It happened just before 6 a.m. Sunday in the eastbound lanes of K-254 between 143rd St. and 159th St.
Kansas Highway Patrol reports a green Ford SUV, driven by 16-year-old Dominic Stolfi, Benton, was traveling the wrong way down the highway. His vehicle struck a black Buick driving in the eastbound lanes. The driver, 27-year-old Lisa Hardy and 52-year-old passenger Nancy Ross, both of Potwin, also died in the crash.
The eastbound lanes remained closed for several hours while crews worked to clear the scene and identify the victims.
"Both vehicles had Butler County tags, so that's about as best as we can gather right now," said KHP Master Trooper David Monckton. "So local yes, within a two county vicinity."
No witnesses to the accident were available, so KHP officials are asking anyone who might've seen anything leading up to the crash to call them at 316-744-0451.
"Should anyone have been driving in the area at or around six o'clock if they witnessed or saw anything that would be beneficial to our investigation to please give us a call," added Monckton.
Eyewitness News has learned Stolfi was going into his junior year at Circle High School in Towanda. He played on the baseball team and has a sister who attends the high school too.
Stolfi's friends talked about his smile.
"Dom always lived life to the fullest and always had a smile on his face," said friend Garrett Cannon.
Friend Ryli Gorrell said he, "was the most happy, funny, outgoing person you could ever meet. He was everyone's ray of sunshine and could always put a smile on your face."
Friend Lily Martini said she knew Stolfi since they were both in 7th grade. She said they weren't close at first but have since become friends.
"He always was a jokester," Martini said. "He always got people laughing."
Friends of Hardy and Ross said the two were "wonderful people." Hardy was a mother of a 2-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Ross was a grandmother and the mother of the man Hardy had children with.
Friend Melissa Builta on Facebook said, "Nancy and Lyssa were wonderful people. I will miss them! Lyssa was a mom of 2 young children! Nancy a grandmother and a wonderful friend to anyone! Our lives will never be the same!!"
Jessica Clothier said she was Hardy's best friend.
"She was highly opinionated," Clothier said. "She'd tell you how she felt. She was very blunt."
Clothier said she knew Ross for years and felt Ross was the one to call if she ever needed help.
"She was a wonderful woman," Clothier said about Ross. "She could light up a room with a conversation and always made you feel like you were welcome and wanted."