Two Kansas teens killed while walking along I-35


Saturday, November 27th 2004, 11:37 am
By: News On 6


GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) _ Two Kansas teenagers were struck and killed by a car as they walked with on the shoulder of Interstate 35 after their car had a flat tire, police said.

And a Buffalo, Okla., woman was one of two people killed in a head-on collision in south-central Kansas.

Krystopher M. Abrahms, 15, and Kyle E. Lafferty, 14, both of Lacrosse, Kan., were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred just before 11 p.m. Friday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Abrahms, Lafferty and Matthew John-Thomas McNutt, 22, of Guthrie were walking on the shoulder of the interstate when a car driven by Kevin Ray Beplate, 23, of Oklahoma City swerved and hit all three, troopers said.

McNutt was hospitalized in Guthrie in good condition with leg injuries.

Beplate was not injured and a passenger in his car, Callie Dodd, 17, of Oklahoma City was treated and released at a Guthrie hospital.

Near Pratt, Kan., Nicole Quinby, 28, of Buffalo and Robert Townsend of Topeka were were killed just after noon Friday in a head-on collision on U.S. 54.

A Jeep driven by Townsend sideswiped another car while passing and collided head-on with the pickup truck driven by Quinby, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.