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Two-car accident on I-70 kills Lawrence woman, 24

Highway Patrol says road conditions contributed

November 30, 2006

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A Lawrence woman died and six others went to the hospital Wednesday after a two-car wreck in icy conditions on Interstate 70, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A Mitsubishi Eclipse, headed west near mile marker 188, went out of control just before 11 a.m., crossed an unbarricaded median and slid sideways into the path of an eastbound Chrysler minivan, according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority report.

Elizabeth Rae Dominguez-Santos, 24, was killed while riding in the passenger seat of the Eclipse, according to the Turnpike Authority.

Shawnee County firefighters work the scene of a two-car accident Wednesday along Interstate 70. A 24-year-old Lawrence woman was killed in the accident near the east Topeka service area. Officials say road conditions contributed to the accident.

Shawnee County firefighters work the scene of a two-car accident Wednesday along Interstate 70. A 24-year-old Lawrence woman was killed in the accident near the east Topeka service area. Officials say road conditions contributed to the accident.

The Eclipse's driver, Cesar Flores-Espinabarro, 23, Lawrence, suffered injuries to his face, head and right side and was in critical condition Wednesday night at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Two other passengers, Reguera Flores-Socrates, 37, Lawrence, and Nicolas Tomas-Alejandro, 20, Lawrence, were treated at Stormont-Vail and released.

The driver of the Chrysler was identified as 28-year-old Pamela J. Martinez, Manhattan, with passengers Stephanie L. Bolender, 33, Kamas, Utah; and Jackson R. Bolender, 3. They all were taken to St. Francis Health Center, where they were treated and released.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the road conditions were a factor in the wreck. Freezing rain had begun to fall in the area around the time it happened.

Eastbound traffic was partially blocked afterward while crews cleared the scene.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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