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Alcohol suspected in wrong-way crash on K-10

August 12, 2011

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A Kansas City, Kan., man who died last weekend on Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County had been traveling the wrong way on the divided highway for at least one mile before causing a head-on collision near Interstate 435, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Capt. Dek Kruger said troopers suspect that Ezequiel Gallardo-Moncallo, 23, drove his 2001 Mazda 626 up the wrong ramp on the four-lane highway, and other motorists reported seeing him headed east in the westbound lanes just before the 1:43 a.m. Saturday crash with an Olathe man, who was headed the correct direction.

The Olathe driver, Brian J. Ingalls, 28, was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, while Gallardo-Moncallo died at the scene. A condition update for Ingalls was not available Thursday evening. Kruger said troopers suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, but they were waiting on lab test results, which could take months, before making a determination.

This is the third fatality crash since 2009 on Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County in which one driver was headed the wrong direction for an extended period of time. Transportation and law enforcement officials classify wrong-way crashes differently than a cross-median crash in which a vehicle within seconds crosses the median and strikes another vehicle traveling the other direction.

Comments

John Hamm 5 years ago

Yeah, ya still gotta push the "cross median" crashes don'tcha? Get off it and move on to something more important. While you're at it bear in mind that barriers force autos back into the lane they left with unsuspecting motorists around them there. Either way there's danger the problem isn't the roadway it's the lazy drivers in this area!

Progressive_Kansan 5 years ago

Wow another case where that median divider could have helped. Thanks for bringing this to our attention LJWorld!

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

A median divider would not have stopped the drunk driver from driving up the ramp the wrong way.

motoadventure 5 years ago

"Capt. Dek Kruger said troopers suspect that Ezequiel Gallardo-Moncallo, 23, drove his 2001 Mazda 626 up the wrong ramp on the four-lane highway"

Reading comprehension is such a valuable aspect of literacy. Interestingly, for comprehension to occur, a person has to actually read the article.

So either you lazily skimmed the article and took the opportunity to spout rhetoric inapplicable to this case, or the subject matter was too complicated for you to process properly.

Sigh.

Gary Pomeroy 5 years ago

Motoadventure, you fail to understand the basic principle - never let the facts get in the way of your position.

sr80 5 years ago

That is the best definition of a Liberal, that i have yet to hear ! Very good gsjpom !

kernal 5 years ago

Just had to post politics on a story about a fatality accident, didn't you. Real smooth.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years ago

I looked it up. The exact wording of the original Mark Twain quote was this:

"Never let facts get in the way of deeply held opinions". - Mark Twain.

Deja Coffin 5 years ago

He also said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Mark Twain

Brent Fry 5 years ago

What? Alcohol contributed to a wrong-way crash?

Will there soon be an article informing me that the sun is responsible for heating up earth?

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Don't let Uncle Al hear you say that. He's getting right huffy these days.

akt2 5 years ago

K-10 could be a virtual goldmine between saturation patrols and increased radar.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years ago

Yes, and it would certainly do some damage to the Funeral Parlor industry.

purplesage 5 years ago

It is like the "song that never ends." Alcohol, again, again and again.

I suppose there's some "justice' in the fact that the irresponsible party died instead of the innocent one. But that is little consolation for those who loved him. When is this society going to wise up about booze. There is nothing that is respoinsible for as much addiction, tragedy, heartache, abuse and so on as alcohol. Laws pertaining to alcohol simply legalize and advertising legitimizes this tolerated form of drug abuse.

motoadventure 5 years ago

Because prohibition worked so well....

purplesage 5 years ago

Good ideas don't always work. Prohibition was one, and the "war on drugs" which has given us a militraistic police force is another. Widespread access to beverage alcohol is a bad idea with tragic consequences.

badhatHarry 5 years ago

You're both right--alcohol is a terrible problem, and Prohibition didn't work. People need to choose for themselves to abstain from it. There are many, many, many people who drink very little or not at all, and I think people need to know that, particularly young people. I really dislike the binge drinking culture that some young people are creating for themselves now. I think they'll grow to dislike it as well. I hope they know that participating in it is not mandatory. I know a lot of people who suffer from addiction, which we now know is largely due to genetic predisposition. Those people wish they'd never tried it in the first place, so that those tendencies could have either lain dormant or been channeled into less destructive behaviors. Just as kind of a peripheral benefit--the less we drink, the less we support alcohol companies with our money, and the less awful, misogynistic advertising we'll have to see.

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