BEATRICE – The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated two fatality accidents in northeast Kansas, since Saturday.
One happened in Brown County about four miles east of Hiawatha. Authorities say a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Prairie Road ran off the roadway into the west ditch. The vehicle continued south, jumping a creek and striking an embankment and a wooden post, rolling onto its top in a field.
The driver, 24-year-old Oliverio Cucul Pop, of Houston, Texas, died in the accident. A 54-year-old passenger, Esteban Xol of Davis Junction, llinois was taken to Hiawatha Community Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Neither person was using a seatbelt. The accident happened at around 6:50 p.m., Saturday.
A second fatal accident was investigated in Riley County Sunday morning at about 8:30. An eastbound 2006 Volvo Semi on Green Randolph Road, driven by 81-year-old Russell Petersen of Randolph, Kansas allegedly failed to stop at a sign.
The truck struck the driver side of a northbound 2006 Acura TL on U.S. Highway 77, driven by 38-year-old Adam Samuelson of Randolph. The Kansas Highway Patrol said Samuelson was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, where he died. The truck driver, Petersen, was not injured. Neither driver was using a safety restraint.