KHP identifies man killed in fatal crash on I-135 Monday, driver of second vehicle arrested
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the man who died in Monday’s fatal crash on I-135.
Jessie Johnson, 60, died at the scene after an alleged drunken driver rear-ended his vehicle and sent it over the I-135 overpass at 13th Street.
According to Sedgwick County Jail records, Luis Ramos-Tafolla was arrested after the incident for driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and other related charges.
Monday, March 1, 2021 9 a.m. - The Kansas Highway Patrol has released more details on what lead up to a deadly crash on southbound I-135 Monday morning.
Two cars, a 1999 Toyota Camry and 2017 Dodge Charger, were in the right-hand lane going southbound. The Camry was rear-ended at a high speed by the Charger with both vehicles hitting the right outside bride wall.
The Charger climbed up over the bridge wall, went over the top, struck the ramp to 13th Street and fell straight down to the walking path below.
The occupant of the Charger fled the scene but was quickly located and sent from treatment and taken into custody. KHP said it appears that alcohol could be a factor and they’re trying to get voluntary testing done.
Three occupants were in the Camry and the driver, a male in his 60s, succumbed to his injuries. The other occupants have serious and critical injuries and are being treated at a hospital.
The highway is also back open after begin closed during the morning commute.
One person has died and three others were sent to the hospital with injuries after one car rear-ended another on southbound 135, sending it off of the overpass early Monday morning.
One person was in the car at the time and was taken to the hospital with injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at approximately 2:25 a.m.
Three people were in the second vehicle and at least one has died. Two others were taken to the hospital.
Southbound I-135 will be closed from 21st Street to 13th Street for several hours. Morning commuters can get back on I-135 at 8th/9th Street to continue southbound.
Investigators are still working to determine if speed or alcohol/drugs were factors in the crash and whether passengers were using their seatbelts.
One person has died and three others were injured in an early morning crash on southbound I-135 overnight.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, one car pushed another off of the overpass.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is on scene investigating the accident.
All lanes are closed and police are diverting traffic to the 21st Street exit. Avoid the area.
Eyewitness News has a crew on scene.
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