Recent Lawrence resident killed in crash following pursuit in Wyandotte County
Updated at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday:
A recent Lawrence resident was killed and his passenger suffered suspected serious injuries following a police pursuit Wednesday in Wyandotte County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Juan Carlos Marquez, 22, was eastbound on Loring Lane near Stilwell Road in a Pontiac G8 just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a KHP crash report. He was reportedly speeding while attempting to elude officers with the Bonner Springs Police Department.
Marquez reportedly lost control of the vehicle, went into a spin and struck a speed limit sign, according to the report. The vehicle then “continued in a backwards direction and struck a tree,” the crash report states.
The pursuit began after the Bonner Springs Police Department had received reports of a vehicle “driving recklessly at high rates of speed” in a residential neighborhood, according to a news release from the department Wednesday.
The first report came in around midnight, but officers couldn’t locate the vehicle at that time. However, they received a similar report around an hour later and found the car speeding away from the area, according to the release.
The vehicle continued onto Loring Lane, traveling at 114 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the release. Officers pursued but lost sight of the car, then found it off the roadway after it had crashed.
Marquez was taken to the University of Kansas hospital but died from his injuries, the crash report states.
His passenger, 18-year-old Alejandra Diaz, of Bonner Springs, was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with injuries that first responders believed to be serious, the crash report states. She was in critical condition Wednesday morning but was expected to survive, according to the police news release.
Neither Marquez nor Diaz was wearing a seat belt, according to the crash report.
The KHP crash report listed Marquez as a resident of Lawrence, and local records indicate that he had been a Lawrence resident for several years, as recently as May 2019. However, Sgt. Heather Pate, public information officer for the Bonner Springs Police Department, said via email that the department’s closest estimate was that Marquez had been living in that city for more than a year prior to the crash.