Drivers identified in double fatality on U.S. 77

By Katherine Wartell

Kansas Highway Patrol officials have identified the drivers killed in Monday morning’s double fatality crash on U.S. 77, near Milford.

The accident involved a 2010 Chevrolet pick-up truck and a 2012 Ford E-350 Van that collided head-on, killing both drivers. Officials identified Lancy Davis II, 39, Palmer, as the driver of the pick-up truck, and Juan Perez, 52, Wichita, as the driver of the van, which had been carrying seven passengers.

Officials said the pick-up truck crossed the center of U.S. 77 and struck the van head-on, causing the van to become airborne. The van landed in the ditch, partially on top of a guardrail.

At the time of the crash, Perez was wearing his seatbelt, while Davis was not. Five of Perez’s passengers were also unrestrained and all seven passengers were transported to various hospitals for possible to serious injuries.

Martin Perez-Hernandez, 25, Wichita, and Jose Salas-Ortiz, 35, Wichita were life-flighted to Stormont Vail in Topeka with disabling injuries.

Roman Perez-Ortiz, 24, Wichita, and Antonio Salas-Ortiz, 25, Wichita, were transported to Mercy Regional Health Center for unspecified injuries.

Oscar Perez-Olivarez, 28, Wichita, and Manuel Lozoya, 50, Wichita, were transported to Geary Community Hospital for unspecified injuries, while Aleandro Perez, 28, Wichita was also transported to Geary Community Hospital for a possible injury.

Perez and Lozoya were the only passengers reported to be wearing their seatbelts.

Lt. Greg Harkrader, Kansas Highway Patrol, said that there were no passengers with Davis.

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