Archive for Friday, October 25, 2019

Thursday wreck on 24-40 southwest of Tonganoxie claims life of 21-year-old Lawrence man

October 25, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Updated: October 26, 2019, 3:38 p.m.

A two-vehicle fatality accident Thursday afternoon between Tonganoxie and Lawrence claimed the life of a 21-year-old Lawrence man.

The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Loring Road, which is about 8 miles southwest of Tonganoxie, or 4 miles northeast of Lawrence.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, a Ford F250 truck driven by Hunter Ford, 22, Tonganoxie, was traveling north toward Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40, while a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Jawuan Smoot, 21, Lawrence, was traveling south. Ford's vehicle crossed the center line and struck Smoot's Kia Soul. Ford's truck then rolled and left the road to the the left, while the Kia Soul overturned and left the road to the right.

Smoot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KHP reports. He was wearing a safety restraint. MIlitary personnel notified Smoot's family of his death.

Ford, who was not wearing a safety restraint, reportedly suffered minor injuries.


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