Archive for Sunday, August 7, 2011

Alcohol believed to be a factor in Saturday morning K-10 fatality

August 7, 2011, 8:09 a.m. Updated August 7, 2011, 9:59 p.m.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the fatality victim in a Saturday early morning K-10 accident as 23-year-old Ezequiel Gallardo-Moncalla of Kansas City.

Gallardo-Moncalla died after his Mazda 626, driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes on K-10 just west of Interstate 435, struck a Ford F150, driven by 28-year-old Olathe man Brian Ingalls.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol captain Dek Kruger, initial reports indicated Gallardo-Moncalla turned off of South Ridgeview Road onto the highway going the wrong direction and officers were unable to provide assistance before the crash occurred. Kruger said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.

Ingalls was transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said that Ingalls was in stable condition as of 1:15 p.m. Sunday, but could not release any other information.

Comments

whats_going_on 3 years, 7 months ago

good lord, how many times does this have to happen???......

CreatureComforts 3 years, 7 months ago

What, exactly? Deadly accidents? Odds are, it will happen many more times, unfortunately.

nnelson 3 years, 7 months ago

You are correct. We spoke to Kansas Highway Patrol captain Dek Kruger and he said this was not a cross-over accident. We have updated the story. Nick Nelson LJWorld.com reporter

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 7 months ago

Nick? Do you think you could change "where" to "were"?

redneck 3 years, 7 months ago

He must have either been very confused, or pretty well hammered. What a shame. It's all about getting hammered. I wish people would find another way of getting their kicks. Not that I don't have a drink once in a while. I just don't feel the need to get hammered.

verity 3 years, 7 months ago

It's not the getting hammered that is the problem, no matter how stupid that might be, it's the driving under the influence of any mind-altering substance. Inexcusable. E V E R !

And the fact that the innocent person survived doesn't mean the his life won't be changed forever. And the lives of his family---and those of the family of the perpetuator.

I know somebody who has had at least four DUIs and spent 10 days in jail. He hasn't killed anybody---yet.

Bob Forer 3 years, 7 months ago

While its tragic that the possibly intoxicated driver lost his life, at least he didn't take anyone with him, as it appears that the victim in the other car is going to survive.

meggers 3 years, 7 months ago

There is a typo in this sentence:

According to Kansas Highway Patrol captain Dek Kruger, initial reports indicated Gallardo-Moncalla turned off of South Ridgeview Road onto the highway going the wrong direction and officers where unable to provide assistance before the crash occurred.

'Where' should be 'were'. Aside from that, it's sort of a bizarre idea to think that officers would have been able to "provide assistance" ahead of the crash. It might be better to say that officer(s) saw the vehicle traveling the wrong direction, but were unable to intervene in time to prevent the crash. Or, if no officers witnessed the vehicle traveling the wrong direction prior to the crash, just end the sentence after the word 'direction'.

Critique aside, this is a terrible tragedy. Fortunately, there weren't more fatalities.

classclown 3 years, 7 months ago

Meggars

I agree with what you said, however I wonder if "provide assistance" is simply the latest catch phrase within law enforcement circles. Whereas upon receiving a call, officers were dispatched to provide assistance.

I've done my share of criticizing reporters here as it seems as though they wish to rely on using the readers to correct their spelling rather than take the few seconds necessary to look it up themselves.

In this case however, while it does sound very dumb the way it's worded, I have the feeling that the reporters involved are merely repeating what they were told by their LE source.

meggers 3 years, 7 months ago

Good point, classclown. It might very well be a LE term.

Maybe they at least should have clarified whether or not any officers actually witnessed the car going the wrong direction, whether they only learned of it after it was reported to dispatch, or if they weren't aware of it at all until after the accident. If it is the latter, the term is very misleading, as it implies that officers were aware of the wayward vehicle before the accident occurred. To be "unable" to do something implies that there is knowledge that something needs to be done.

It's really not that big of a deal. It just struck me as an oddly confusing way to report it. Again, though, you're probably right about the reporters just repeating what the police captain said. Perhaps he even has a dialect that implies an 'r', where none is present, as in 'where'. ;)

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