KHP: Driver distracted by cellphone in deadly crash in Barton County

BARTON COUNTY, Kan. The Kansas Highway Patrol says distracted driving played a part in a deadly crash reported a little before 5:30 p.m. Friday near Hoisington.

The two-vehicle crash happened on U-281, about one and one half miles northwest of Hoisington in Barton County.

The KHP says a 1999 Buick Lesabre was stopped on U-281 facing west and waiting to make a left turn into a private driveway. A 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 was traveling east, following the Buick Lesabre. The KHP says the 25-year-old Great Bend woman driving the Dodge Ram was distracted by her cell phone and the pickup truck rear-ended the car.

The Buick Lesabre spun out and landed in a front yard on 158 West State Highway 4, the KHP says. The Dodge Ram also entered the north ditch and came to rest in a wheat field.

The KHP says Ida John, of Lincoln, Calif., died from her injuries in the crash. She was the lone passenger in the Buick Lesabre. The car's 84-year-old driver from Rush Center, was seriously injured. The woman driving the Dodge Ram wasn't hurt. There were no passengers in the pickup.