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Woman loses baby after rollover crash
icy main Jan. 2020
Ice on Main Street Great Bend, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. - photo by Daniel Kiewel

RENO — A pregnant woman from Great Bend who lost her baby as the result of a car crash Saturday night in Reno County remained in serious condition Wednesday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Joanna Simmons was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Joseph Allen Rolf, also of Great Bend. According to the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle slid off of the icy road in the 3000 block of K-14 near the southern Reno County line around 9:46 p.m. on Feb. 16.

According to the RCSO, the vehicle left the roadway to the left and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels. Simmons was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transferred to Wesley Medical Center following the crash. Rolf, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries to both of his hands. He was treated by EMS and released.

Joanna’s mother, Yvonne Simmons, wrote on a gofundme page that her daughter’s injuries are severe. She broke her left femur, lost her spleen, lacerated her liver, tore her diaphragm and fractured her right pelvis. The page is accepting donations for medical and funeral expenses. 

According to the information on the gofundme page, the parents were able to hold the baby and named her Chloe Lynn. Once Simmons is healed enough they plan on saying their final goodbyes.