Archive for Sunday, October 10, 2010

Three killed in violent car accident near intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1, Kansas Highway 32

Three people died in a two-car accident on Kansas Highway 32 Sunday night, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. David Porter.

October 10, 2010, 9:30 p.m. Updated October 11, 2010, 10:32 a.m.

K-32 and County Road 1 Accident

Three people, including one KU student, were killed in a violent accident east of the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1 and Kansas Highway 32 Sunday night, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

KHP Lt. David Porter said two cars were involved in the accident, which occurred about 9 p.m. He said witnesses and physical evidence indicated one car had been left of center at the time of the accident, meaning the two vehicles collided head on.

According to a KHP report, a 2008 Subaru Impreza was eastbound on K-32 when it attempted to pass a 2009 Honda Odyssey, also headed eastbound. The Impreza collided head-on with a 2002 Saturn sedan that was westbound on K-32.

The accident happened about one-tenth of a mile west of 214th Street on K-32, between Lawrence and Linwood, according to the report.

Mathew Allen Nuzik, a 30-year-old Basehor man, was the driver of the Impreza. Jake Henry, a 21-year-old Edwardsville man, and Stephanie Marie Conn, a 22-year-old KU student who graduated from Bonner Springs High School but is listed as living in Lawrence, were in the Saturn.

All three people in the two vehicles that collided died at the scene. The driver of the Odyssey, Matthew Svoboda, 38, of Linwood, was not injured.

Traffic on K-32 was stopped at County Road 1 and 214th Street for several hours while emergency crews attempted to determine what happened.

A LifeStar helicopter was sent to the scene but was not needed because there were no survivors.


Derek Broksieck 7 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

heybluekc 7 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Derek Broksieck 7 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

kusp8 7 years, 3 months ago

Three user comments removed already....what the heck.

kusp8 7 years, 3 months ago

correction....4 comments...seriously, just be considerate.

Eddie Muñoz 7 years, 3 months ago

Anonymity brings out the worst in people.

Derek Broksieck 7 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

riverdrifter 7 years, 3 months ago

Why don't you post something else stupid?

SpeedRacer 7 years, 3 months ago

K-32 is a seriously scary highway at night; even worse in the rain.

pea 7 years, 3 months ago

Scary. More barriers and rumble strips - everywhere!!!

bearded_gnome 7 years, 3 months ago

no one survived the wreck.


May God comfort the mourning.

kevlar4538 7 years, 3 months ago

I live on this highway and travel it everyday. There are many improvements that must be made for the safety of all travelers. Among the first improvements is KDOT finishing the re-paving project. I have no doubt that all the loose gravel on the highway in its current state was a contributing factor in this horrific accident.

riverdrifter 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree. I'm through that intersection frequently. I do not like it at all but I have seen worse.

angel4dennis 7 years, 3 months ago

Thoughts and condolences to the families of the lost souls tonight. How tragic of an accident. May God comfort you all during this most difficult time.

Angie Dick 7 years, 3 months ago

OMG sent chills up my spine. That is horrible to hear. People PLEASE SLOW DOWN. Think about it, u pass someone to make up a few seconds to get to ur destination? We'll if ya wreck, u may be really late or not arrive at all. It's not worth it. My heart go's out to all involved, may god be with u all.....

Jean1183 7 years, 3 months ago

Condolences to the families of all involved.

I travel County Rd 1 to 32 Hwy frequently too. County Rd 1 between Eudora and the intersection does not have many places where it is safe to pass.

Hwy 32 is better, but still has many places that are not good for passing. However, the speed limit on 32 is 65mph. Unless the one car was traveling extremely slow, I don't see the need to pass at all.

I do follow one truck almost every time I travel that road that doesn't go any faster than 45 or 50mph. It is very frustrating and traffic gets backed up and passes at unsafe places. If you are an elderly man in a brown pick-up......please SPEED UP or pull over and let traffic go around you! If you are going so much slower than the rest of traffic, you have the time to do that.

Bamastreet 7 years, 3 months ago

The J-W should do a story on the number of people killed/hurt in wrecks related to the Turnpike construction. Not sure if this one was, but there is a chance it is. It has been a horrible situation.

kansasmutt 7 years, 3 months ago

The speed limit needs to be back at 55 on K-32. It is NOT designed for 65 MPH driving ! Too much farm traffic on it to accept 65 MPH I don`t know if the lines have been painted back on it after that stupid chip and seal job. Brown chip and seal, HOW STUPID !!

My thoughts and prayesr are with the ones who lost family & friends . Sad day.

nursehay 7 years, 3 months ago

I live about 1/2 a mile from that wreck and CR1, the road is very dangerous. However, the county &/or KDOT are doing nothing to better the situation. Putting down chip and seal over blacktop for "repaving" is unacceptable. I know that the Linwood and Linwood proper is the red headed step child of the entire county but REALLY!!! They have been done for about a week and we still don't have lines on the road! They truly need to widen the road! And dropping the speed limit in on K-32 would never work, there are never any state troupers or county sheriffs out here to patrol. But, I do find it odd that when CR 1 reopened and they raised the speed limit from 50 to 55 there were a million patrol cars on that road making sure no one broke 55mph! I think the county should really step back and take a look at this ever growing problem!

jnixon 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree that this is a dangerous stretch of road and that the speed limit should be reduced. Bad part about this is, it still may not be enforced. I travel a stretch of County road daily that had the speed reduced to 45 mph. Just about every person that drives up behind me- passes me because I am acknowledging and following the posted speed limit. People! The speed limits are posted for the safety of ALL that travel the road not just those that will slow down. Two people needlessly lost their lives because someone decided that he was in too much of a hurry, incidently he lost his life as well. So, do the right thing...those 2 lane County roads are very dangerous to pass on. Do so with caution and only if necessary(meaning VERY slow moving vehicle in front of you)

imaj_hawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Both of the people in the 2002 Saturn were KU students. They were two of the best people you could hope to meet. Instead of arguing and fighting about KDOT, why don't we just honor them and send our condolences to their families?

thirdgenerationjayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

The safety of Kansas Highway 32 needs to be evaluated from west of the County Road 1 intersection to east of the County Road 25 (206th Street) intersection. A stoplight is needed at the intersection of Kansas Highway 32 and County Road 1. Farther down the road to the east, Kansas Highway 32 is marked as a passing zone where it crosses County Road 25. This is a potentially deadly situation, as County Road 25, which is a blacktopped road, has a good amount of traffic. Kansas Highway 32 should be marked as a no-passing zone through this intersection. Who is keeping an eye on traffic safety along Kansas Highway 32? it appears no one, at least no one who takes this situation seriously enough.

farva 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about the accident, but the onslaught of comments decrying how dangerous K32 is just ridiculous. There is absolutely nothing dangerous about it, a head on crash is a head on crash and involves human error...not accusations and blame the road is unsafe. It was dark, there should have been headlights on...which means there really is no excuse not to see the oncoming vehicle unless they were passing on a hill. Chip and seal is done on many roads and there is nothing inherently wrong with it, sure they have to wait for the loose pebbles to get off the road before they paint stripes, but in reality they have center line reflective markers so unless you are not competent to drive and make intelligent decisions, having no paint should not be an issue. K32 is substantially safer than Hwy 34/40 between Lawrence and Tongie and from what I've experienced has half the traffic flow. K32 is not an inherently dangerous highway, nor is county road 1. Sure, county road one would be nicer if it was repaved from K32 to Eudora, but it's a short section and you have the entire floodplain of the KS river (which is a big chunk of the road between the two points) to safely pass on.

gatekeeper 7 years, 3 months ago

I drive 32 every day and it IS dangerous!!!!! The speed is too high for a two lane highway that has no shoulders and no lighting. There is a lot of traffic on 32 in the mornings and evenings and often people are trying to go over 70 mph and pass in areas that aren't safe. I watch people drive through the 45 school zone at Linwood doing 70 almost every morning. It has become a commuter highway for many of us that work in KC and I've watched the traffic increase a lot in the last 5 years. And the repaving job they did IS terrible. A lot of people try to pass when there isn't enough room, which sounds like what happened in this case. It's starting to become dangerous like 59 has been for so many years.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 3 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all involved, including that poor guy that had to witness such a horrific wreck. This is such a sad thing to hear.

cozy 7 years, 3 months ago

Too bad they were driving slow and had to be passed. Thats a sad thing to live with. Condolences to the families...

Deja Coffin 7 years, 3 months ago

How are you so sure that the car was driving slow? People who drive the speed limit get passed all the time. Not saying that was the case here but it happens.

cozy 7 years, 3 months ago

Obviously the driver deemed them to be driving slow and decided to pass. I'm pretty sure the result was not in their plans.

farva 7 years, 3 months ago

So people are speeding through linwood and passing when they shouldn't be...and that makes the highway dangerous? That's just people being stupid, and every single highway has those people.

It's a rural highway. Most rural highways in KS don't have shoulders. At least K32 is straighter and flatter than most state highways in the area. And seriously, you think a rural highway needs lighting? Move back to the city if you can't drive with headlights.

JHawker 7 years, 3 months ago

These are always the most tragic stories to read. Stephanie and Jake (Daniel) were two of the kindest people I've met. Stephanie had a gorgeous voice and there's a choir of angels which has gained this beautiful voice.

cowgirlautumn 7 years, 3 months ago

If people just watch what they are doing and slow down we wont have so many issues!

blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

farva 7 years, 3 months ago

Logically, the interchange should have been put at County road 25 so all the urban sprawl growth could use it. Cty Road 1 is too far from Tongie and won't get much use from Eudora due to K10. You have to go the west and south of town to hook into if you want to go west you can save $$ and about 8 miles by going west on 24/40 and hooking in at Bonner if needed. No point in using it to go east because 24/40 takes a better angle to Lawrence reducing mileage and you can access the north lawrence interchange without having to go through any slow city driving. Never did understand the logic to Cty Road 1 over 25.

livetocook 7 years, 3 months ago

Is this a text message to the LJ-World audience? I am very surprised "because" didn't become "bcuz".

gphawk89 7 years, 3 months ago

The causes of this accident so far: Lack of bright streetlights Lack of barriers and rumble strips Loose gravel due to construction Other cars going too slow Lack of no-passing zone markings Lack of a roundabout Lack of shoulders Speed limit too high * Curves

How about calling it like it is - driver error. The driver of the Impreza thought that saving a minute of his time was worth the risk of passing the Odyssey under less than ideal conditions. Obviously, it wasn't in this case. Yes, some or all of the road conditions I listed may have existed, but if Mr. Nuzik didn't have a very clear view of pavement conditions and oncoming traffic, he shouldn't have attempted to pass.

mathewnuzik 7 years, 3 months ago

Family and Friends mourn the tragic death of Mathew Nuzik. He was a loving father to a six year old baby girl. He was a husband, a son and a great friend to many. He worked at ADT for ten years. He will be dearly missed by all of his family, friends and co-workers who cherished the moments they shared together. He was very intelligent. Mathew loved playing with and building computers as well as building motors and fixing cars. He never hesitated to help others when he knew how to help. Mathew we all miss you very much and will never forget all the brightness you brought into our lives.

mathewnuzik 7 years, 3 months ago

he was in a passing zone and not in a hurry, it was an accident. He left a baby girl and a loving family behind.

kansasmutt 7 years, 3 months ago

Every accident is driver error.

It happens when a driver does something that should not have been done. Speeding Passes when another car is coming at them Driving distracted Driving with faulty equipment The list gos on and on, but driver error causes 99.9% of all wrecks. K-32 is a great road, but with the type of drivers that use it, it is unsafe due to them doing one or more of the items on the list above. I drive it and every single time i get on it i get passed and i drive the speed limit or 3 to 5 mph over it. Allot of the drivers on 32 are on it becuse they dont have a DL, due to DWIs and they know it gets little to no police traffic.They know if they take K-10 or 24 they run a risk of being busted. LV County S O and K H P run it more and youl see what im talking about. It could be a revenue machine with speeding tickets and other violations.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 3 months ago

Every accident? and 99.9%? these are opinions, and not factual at all.

so what are you doing on 32? no DL due to DWI?

Commenting has been disabled for this item.