The Kansas Highway Patrol worked two fatal accidents Friday and Saturday, including one in which a Larned resident was injured.
The first accident occurred at 10:40 p.m. Friday in Ford County. Jerod W. Dailing, 31, of Larned, failed to stop at the U.S. 56 stop sign at 14th Ave., and the Ford Taurus he was driving was hit by a Chevy Tahoe driven by Nicholas U. Edwards, 23, of Manhattan. Both drivers were taken to Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City, and Edwards was then flown to Via Christi Medical Center’s St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Todd J. Fitzsimmons, 24, of Wichita, was a passenger in the Tahoe and died when the vehicle landed on its top.
Two passengers in Dailing’s car — 27-year-old Phillisha Veach and 8-year-old Bethany Veach of Dodge City — were also taken to the hospital in Dodge City and then flown Via Christi.
According to the KHP logs, Dailing was the only person wearing a seat belt.
A Garden City man died Saturday in an accident in Haskell County, that happened at 5:50 a.m.
Oscar Armando Melgar, 20, died when the car he was driving on U.S. 83 crossed the center line and hit a Dodge truck driven by Logan Flower, 21, of Plainville.
Flower and his passenger, Courtney Hrabe, 22, Stockton, were taken to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
Passengers in Melgar’s car were also taken to St. Catherine. They are: Luz M. Zavala-Majia, 35; Yomaria Ramirez, 21; and Jocelyn Zavala, 12, all of Garden City. Most of the people in this accident, including Melgar, were wearing seat belts. Miss Zavala, one of two people not wearing seat belts, was later flown by helicopter to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.