A suspected drunk driver struck and killed a 23-year-old Kansas University student early Saturday morning as the student was assisting a disabled car along Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Merriam police are waiting to release the student’s name until his family is notified. The man was from France.
A little before 3 a.m. Saturday, the KU student and a friend were having car trouble with a Chevy Cavalier along the roadway over I-35.
The student was pushing the car, which was in the right-hand lane, when he was struck from behind by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, according to the police.
Medical personnel declared the man dead at the scene. The other man in the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the police.
Steven Cummins, a 25-year-old Shawnee man, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence shortly after the incident. Cummins is booked at the Johnson County Adult Detention Centers with a $250,000 bond.