Car accident claims life of McLouth graduate
A recent McLouth High graduate died Wednesday after being injured in a three-vehicle accident about five miles west of Tonganoxie on Kansas Highway 16.
Damien Grammer, 18, who graduated last month from MHS, was driving a 1996 Geo Metro just after noon Wednesday.
Grammer was driving north on 251st Street when he failed to yield to traffic on K-16, Kansas Highway Patrol reports said.
A 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Richard Morando, 47, Tonganoxie, was headed east on K-16 when it struck Grammer's Metro. The Metro came to rest in the north ditch. Another vehicle, a 2005 Ford Focus, driven by Emma Ussery, 63, Ozawkie, was headed east and struck Morando's vehicle.
Lynette Berta, a 20-year-old Topeka woman who was a passenger with Grammer, was taken to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, where she was in satisfactory condition Thursday afternoon, a hospital official there said.
Morando and Ussery, as well as Mary Bliss, 47, Kansas City, Mo., were taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., reports said. Bliss was a passenger with Ussery.
A hospital official at the University of Kansas Hospital said Thursday he could neither confirm nor deny whether Ussery and Bliss were patients. Records of Morando being a patient could not be found, the official said.
Grammer, Berta and Ussery reportedly were wearing seatbelts. Morando was not wearing a seatbelt, while it was unknown whether Bliss was wearing a seatbelt, according to KHP reports.