Two killed in early morning highway crash in Jefferson County

Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a crash on Kansas Highway 4 in Jefferson County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash logs, the fatal accident occurred at 2:25 a.m. when a 2003 Nissan Xterra driven by Jeremy Burd, 20, of Topeka, attempted to turn in to a private driveway in front of a northbound 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Joseph Platt, 27, of Meriden, on K4 near Spring Creek Road about a mile north of U.S. Highway 24.

The motorcycle struck the turning vehicle in the passenger side rear door. Platt and a passenger in the Xterra, Cameron Meinholdt, 22, of Topeka, were killed. A passenger in the Xterra, Grace Sheets, 20, of Topeka, was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka for treatment of suspected serious injuries. According to the report, Burd and a fourth passenger in the Xterra, Kaleigh Blades, 20, of Topeka, suffered no apparent injuries from the crash.

According to the Jefferson County Jail booking logs, Burd was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular homicide.


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