A 19-year-old man had been drinking before he crashed his car Sunday morning on Kansas Highway 10 and injured himself and his seven passengers, the Kansas Highway Patrol said on Monday.
“Alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash,” said Edna Buttler, KHP spokeswoman.
KHP troopers said Jay Czervinske, of Olathe, left the road, crossed the center median and rolled the car about 4:20 a.m. Sunday, on the south edge of Eudora, about a half-mile east of the Church Street exit. A KHP report said he was under the influence of alcohol.
Neither Czervinske nor his seven passengers was wearing a seatbelt in the 1999 Honda MPV CR-V, a highway patrol crash report said. They were all transported to Kansas City-area hospitals with injuries.
The highway patrol said Czervinske and two passengers, 17 and 19, were taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The hospital did not have information about the three on Monday.
Five other passengers were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, according to the KHP, where officials said at least two of them have been released. The others were in good condition or no information was available about them.
Douglas County prosecutors have not considered charges in the case. A spokeswoman said prosecutors had not yet received paperwork from the highway patrol.