Topeka, KS – Passenger Hurt in Sideswipe Crash at I-70 & I-470

Topeka, KS - Passenger Hurt in Sideswipe Crash at I-70 & I-470

Topeka, KS (June 11, 2024) – A passenger was injured after a two-vehicle crash in the Topeka area on Monday, June 10. The accident was reported near the Interstate 70 and Interstate 470 interchange early that morning around 7:55 a.m. Local reports revealed that a 2023 Dodge Durango was traveling east on Interstate 70 when the driver tried to merge onto the I-470 exit ramp. 

The Durango hit an eastbound 2016 GMC Sierra as it was exiting Interstate 470. The driver of the Durango, 24-year-old Brenden Christian Oakley of Colorado, was not hurt in the crash. A passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Lena Marie Abeyta of Colorado, was transported by ambulance to Stormont Vail Hospital for the treatment of sustained injuries. The driver of the GMC, 44-year-old Michael Robert Munson of Topeka, and the passenger, 26-year-old Christian Adam Vaughan of Chester, VA, were not hurt in the collision. No further information on the incident is currently available. An ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.

Sideswipe Crashes in Kansas

Topeka, KS - Passenger Hurt in Sideswipe Crash at I-70 & I-470There are a lot of careless drivers on Kansas’s highways, and it only takes one of them to cause an accident that could alter someone’s life. Across the state, drivers are often observed changing lanes and driving in a negligent manner, which greatly increases the likelihood of sideswipe accidents. Sideswipe accidents occur when one motorist collides with the side of another vehicle moving in the same direction. It has been found from studies done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that there are over 242,000 sideswipe crashes reported in the United States each year. These crashes resulted in over 2,500 fatalities and 27,000 injuries. It is difficult to get back on your feet after a serious auto accident. It is always in your best interests to work closely with a competent Topeka car accident lawyer to get the most out of your case. The legal team at Bretz Injury Law is here to help. Contact our offices today at 620-524-0080.

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