Archive for Monday, June 22, 2009

Accident victim in fair condition at KU hospital

June 22, 2009


A Tonganoxie man who was injured in a two-vehicle fatality accident was in fair condition Monday morning, a Kansas University Hospital official said.

Justin M. Wiles, 32, Tonganoxie was taken to the hospital after a head-on collision Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 24-40 south of Tonganoxie. Shelli K. Stimach, 47, Tonganoxie, the driver of the other vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

Wiles was driving north on U.S. 24-40 in a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina when his vehicle went left of center and collided head-on with Stimach's 2003 Nissan Altima, which was traveling south on U.S. 24-40, according to KHP reports. Stimach was wearing a seatbelt; Wiles was not, reports also said.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Edna Buttler, KHP public information officer, said Friday. She said the crash still was under investigation and that the KHP is awaiting word on Wiles' blood test results for other substances.


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 10 months ago

I don't drive, so maybe this question is silly. Do drivers misjudge how fast they or another vehicle is going? How far can a car travel while someone is reaching down to get something from the seat or whatever? Can just a twist of the wheel when your mind is otherwise occupied send a car over the line? This is a terrible way for someone to die, because it is so needless. I am not saying it is the "fault" of either driver.

Bobbi Walls 8 years, 10 months ago

Thank you for the update LJW. Glad to hear that Justin had not been drinking.

Bobbie Ward-Hinds 8 years, 10 months ago

While he may not have been drinking, he could have been under the influence of other drugs.

So sorry for the families involved.

nevermind 8 years, 10 months ago

I have knowen Justin for many years and maybe he should not have been driving, but I know alot of other people who should not be driving. I'm happy to hear he is doing good and hope the best for him and the other family

Commenting has been disabled for this item.