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Nine Vehicles Involved In Two Crashes

KSAL Staff - August 21, 2013 6:17 pm

Nine vehicles are involved in two crashes in Salina within the span of about an hour late Wednesday afternoon.

Salina Master Police Officer Rande Repp tells KSAL News that the first crash involved five vehicles. It happened at around 4:00 in the area of Magnolia and South 9th Street.

According to Repp, a vehicle was headed south on 9th Street when the driver fell unconscious due to a medical condition. He rear-ended a car, and pushed it into a mini-van. The car then continued south across Magnolia and struck a third vehicle that was in the left turn lane.

Following the second collision, a passenger in the vehicle of the unconscious driver attempted to shift it into park, but instead shifted it into reverse. The car shot backwards about 200 feet and hit a fourth vehicle.

The unconscious driver was transported to Salina Regional Health Center. His name was not immediately available. No one else was seriously injured.

The second crash, which involved four vehicles, happened about an hour later near the intersection of Crawford and Phillips Streets.

Salina Police Officer Matt Gawith tells KSAL News that a BMW convertible was headed east. It rear-ended a mini-van that was stopped behind two cars, and started a chain reaction crash that involved all four vehicles.

Three people were transported to the hospital, including the driver of the BMW, the driver of the mini-van, and a passenger in the mini-van. None of the injuries were life threatening.

Gawith says that the driver of the BMW, identified as 26-year-old Leah Hendrix, could be cited.

Wednesday Crash 02

Red Neck

August 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Demo derby at its best.

Iggy p Daily

August 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

I have seen that chick driving around Salina with her care free style not obeying traffic laws. Even cut me off once. It was only a matter of time until she was involved in an accident.

Leah Lopez

August 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

This is really upsetting that someone would feel it was appropriate to say “she had it coming” No one is perfect, and as I am here sitting the hospital recovering from surgery I hope you know that what you have said has been the cherry in top of this mortifying experience. This is the first wreck I have ever been in and I am a good driver, if you feel I “cut you off” then it was prolly because you weren’t driving appropriately. I am not a reckless driver- I drove a BMW, I took pride in my car and wouldn’t have deliberately tried to cut someone off unless I felt like they were making the road unsafe for me. I am thankful that everyone was ok that was involved in this wreck. God is great and His hands were definitely protecting all of us.


August 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

He never said you had it coming!! He just said it was a matter of time before you had an accident!!! Sheeeesh!! Looks like he was right!!! You’re lucky you didn’t kill somebody!!! Put down the cell phone and pay attention!!! Let this be your warning!!!!

Red Neck

August 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Geez way I see it only a guilty person lying in bed in the hospital would respond to a post on here. What I do not understand is the statement that “if” I cut you off it was because you were probably (correct spelling) weren’t driving appropriate. Well that tells me this here gal disobeyed the traffic laws and did her own thing.Looks like she doesn’t have to worry about driving that car again. By the way she definately should be cited and hopefully sued by the people she hit.

Leah Lopez

August 23, 2013 at 3:36 am

No cell phones were involved in causing the crash, it was simply someone hit their brakes infront of me. Point blank. Besides i dont need to justify myself to someone whose user names are “red neck and big hammer” real classy. No hard feelings, everyone has their opinion (Even if it is misconstruded). I’ll certantly be praying for you both. Have a good one.

Leah Lopez

August 23, 2013 at 3:47 am

Guilty isn’t the correct term- remourseful-yes, but in the same breath im not the only one to blame. i feel horrible for what happened and so I researched the wreck to make sure no one was hurt and came across your guyses comments, people who just assume. Assuming is a childish thing to do especially when you don’t know what happened. Overall I am thankful no one else got hurt. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 23, 2013 at 4:07 am

When I read these comments, it makes me realize that when people can write things anonymously, they can sure get mean and nasty. Well, I certainly don’t think any of you have a right to judge what this girl has been through. She broke her leg in two places and had to have rods placed in so that she can walk again. She is dealing with a lot of pain and misery don’t you think she has feelings and regrets about the accident too? Wonder what you would have done if someone slammed the breaks in front of you and then later as you were recovering read posts from people that you don’t even know about how you deserved whatever you got. All 3 of you are morons and make me ashamed to even share the same city with you.

Iggy p Daily

August 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

The way you drive is anything but safe. An for you to blame me for your cutting me off shows just the type of person you are. That day you were driving recklessly and I suppose you were doing the same when you hit this car. I do not believe for a moment a cell phone did not play a part but if it did not then you need to learn how to drive responsibility.

Fuchs Mi

August 23, 2013 at 8:13 am

It seems to me Leah and Rene are friends. I also saw nothing wrong with the comments made but Leah’s definately were unwarranted trying to blame someone else for her poor driving skills. Plus to use the lord’s name in vain over an auto accident is totally inappropriate and this young lady needs to grow up as if she does not become more of a responsible driver she may not have toe opportunity to mature. As for her friend Rene and her comments and her name being published as Rene and Steve come on give me a break. She evidently thinks she could speak for steve whoever that may be. From what I read here I believe each person who posted a comment would more than likely to meet any of you face to face and say the say things. I wonder if Leah had slammed into Rene’s family if she would feel the same way.

Aaron A. Aurora

August 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

The way I see it is that this person was not paying attention and possibly following the van to close. From some of the comments on here I probably hit the nail on the head because you just do not slam into a van as fast as she probably was going to cause that much damage and to put her in the hospital. Evidently others have seen her inappropriate driving habits in the past and her attempt to try and blame a person she cut off as being the problem reflects on her. She is fortunate she did not kill herself or someone else. As for rene n steve get a life sweetie.

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

Dear Fuchs Mi – My daughter is actually in the hospital suffering from a broken leg as we speak. Thanks for your concern. BTW – Steve is my husband.

Ed Spencer

August 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Leah, Less attention to pics of yourself on facebook and more attention to your driving..and bringing God into your mess..tell him your sorry he had nothing to do with what YOU did…Ya think

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Ed Spencer – where does it say that she was taking pictures of herself on FB? Or as for the rest of you where does it day she was on her cell phone? Or that she was cutting someone off? Or that she was disobeying traffic laws and doing her own thing? What, were you all eyewitnesses that just forgot to report what you saw to the police because they certainly have a different story????? No, you are just a bunch of anonymous names – Red Neck, Iggy P, Big Hammer (oh my gosh)- that can add any bit if false innuendo that you want to a story to bully others and show the rest of us what compassionless idiots that you really are. Thanks for adding your “special touch” to a story that has enough sorrow in it already. Aaron Aurora – me get a life????? Why don’t you group of people who have nothing better to do than post garbage and innuendo on top of an already sad story, why don’t YOU get a life, sweetie. My daughter was completely aware that she needed to stop quickly, got her sandal stuck between the clutch and the brake and it was an accident. Ever had one of those? Probably not, you all are too perfect for the rest of the world. You know what, Ed Spencer, I know you and I would have thought less judgmental and more compassionate comments would come from a Christian. Iggy whatever – you say from what you read, you think anyone who posted on here would be willing to say these things face to face – I sincerely doubt it. You hide behind your little computer screens and post meaningless judgements from a distance about other people lives that have NOTHING to do with you. Mind you own business and pray you never have an accident, because people can be brutal behind their little computer screens under anonymous names. (That speaks volumes).

Iggy p Daily

August 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Well your little daring could of caused me to have an accident when she cut me off that day. One does not need to be Dr Phil to put this all together. Let’s see comes from broken home. Has many pictures of self on facebook acts and drives irresponsible. See where this is going? Enought said. If this family continues on we will be reading more down the road.

Red Neck

August 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

After reading the mothers comments all I can say is the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Lilith Davenport

August 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Leah, Sorry to break it to ya dear but if you rear end a vehicle in front of you the accident is your fault and you are responsible…that is how the cookie crumbles and how the law reads. Pay attention next time to how close you are following the car in front of you. Have you heard of the 3 second rule?

Ed Spencer

August 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Rene N Steve Ericsson, Sorry that you have missed the point of my comment. Again God is always brought into a scenario that he had nothing to do with, or it would not of happened at all if you know the nature of God. It saddens me to see that some people dont take responsibility for there own actions. While an accident may have many factors it is by the words of the investigators that Gawith says that the driver of the BMW, identified as 26-year-old Leah Hendrix, could be cited. I did not come to this conclusion they did. While it is common to become defensive to you daughter..It makes me wonder if she has learned from this so that no one looses a life from a accident. It could be someone else driving that may cause harm to your family someday. How would you feel about that if the shoe was on the other foot? I have family and it worries me that this could happen to them as well. It is a 2000 lb vehicle that needs to be managed responsibly. That Is what the point of my comment was. I could define it more but I feel the words spoken should be sufficient to perhaps make any driver including myself to think twice before sharing the road with other Salinans. My apologies if you were offended at what was said earlier..I wish for your family the best too.

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Red Neck all I want to say to you is I believe you need to do some soul searching, and I really hope you find one.
Mr. Spencer – I completely got your comments the first time around. Judgemental at worst and inaccurate at best.I love these people who think they actually have something to say, might help if you read the story first. I never heard her blaming God for her wreck. I did hear her praising God for keeping all the other people safe
Mr. Piggy – do you come from a broken home? If so, I understand and can feel compassion for your stupidity. Our home isn’t broken and I think you have been listening to too much Dr. Phil – get a life. Thanks for the 10 cent psychology report.

Now that you all have had your fun , anonymously I might add again, I would love to see if you will sign your real names to next blathering of wisdom. Doubt it.

Lilith Davenport

August 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

But Leah GUILTY of causing the accident is the correct term. Legally if you rear end another car you were following to close, because you could not stop in time without hitting the car. But we are glad you are remorseful about it. But don’t you think IF god had anything to do with it he would have prevented the accident from happening in the first place!?!?! I mean he is all powerful right!?!?!? When you thank god for keeping you safe you invalidate everyone else who has has fatal accidents….why didn’t god keep them safe? Does god like you best?

Ed Spencer

August 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Lillith, Thank you for your comment…So does God like your family best Rene N Steve Ericsson? Hmmm Were all waiting.. However public transportation could be answer for your daughter with her broken leg…and that way the financial liability anxiety may lessen in you as her parents..What do you think..safer for all.

Iggy p Daily

August 26, 2013 at 1:45 am

Rene you are a low life. You have tried calling me all types of names so I see where your daughter gets her irresponsibility. Her driving leaves alot to be desired and if she continues driving like she has she will kill herself nand hopefully no innocent people along with her. I hope the people she hit files a major lawsuit against her and her insurance company if she was insured. Just maybe that will wake you people up.

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

Mr. Iggy – you compassion overwhelms me. I hope you never have an accident and people treat you the way you have treated my family. I pray that my daughter never has another accident and I know she feels terrible about this one – as she already mentioned. As for God loving my family best, ha, I am just glad He loves us, broken sinners all, including you Mr. Ed Spencer.

Rene N Steve Ericsson

August 26, 2013 at 4:02 am

Thank the Lord for the people who have reached out in kindness and love and have been so helpful to our family. I would rather spend my time with them so I am done here.

Red Neck

August 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

Rene ericsson you should of avoided making your attacking comments on here to begin with and using the Lord’s name in vain. To tell me I have no soul tells me you are a very sick individual who needs both medical and spiritural help. Whenever your daughter gets out of the hospital you should both seek immediate treatment.

Fuchs Mi

August 26, 2013 at 11:04 am

I have read all the posts and all I can say is this mother and daughter are really something. Further they could care less about the people she hit everything by both is me me me and blame is put on everyone else. Take responsibility people for your actions. The daughter caused an accident for whatever reason and is very lucky no one was killed or she would be facing a manslaughter charge. If things don’t change in the future we will be reading about her again.

Lilith Davenport

August 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Renee my point was if god loves you why did he let the accident happen in the first place? Was he too busy compensating for your daughter negligence…is that why children are starving to death in Africa? I hope to never meet your daughter on the road. if her driving puts myself or my daughter in danger her license plate will be taken down and reported to the police immediately. Maybe you should pray about that next Sunday at church.

Iggy p Daily

August 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

Anyone that uses the Lord’s name in vain is not a religious person they just do it to seek attention.

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