The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the names of the two drivers that were involved in Saturday morning's deadly accident on K-10 in Lenexa. The accident occurred on K-10 between Interstate 435 and Renner Road or at the 29.5 milemarker, four tenths of a mile west of I-435.
Troopers say 23-year-old Ezequiel Gallardo-Moncallo of Kansas City, Kansas was driving his 2001 Mazda 626 eastbound in the westbound lanes of K-10 when his vehicle struck a pickup truck head-on, killing Mr. Gallardo-Moncallo and pinning him inside of the vehicle. According to the accident report, he was wearing his seat belt and required extrication from the vehicle.
The truck was driven by 28-year-old Brian Ingalls of Olathe, Kansas. Ingalls was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from his 2002 Ford F-150. His injuries were determined to be in critical by Johnson County Med-Act and he was transported to Overland Park Regional where at last check he remains. Mr. Ingalls condition was not being released as of Sunday morning.
Why Mr. Gallardo-Moncallo was driving into oncoming traffic has not been confirmed by Kansas Highway Patrol investigators. As initially reported here Saturday morning, a reliable source close to the investigation tells Operation 100 News that it appears one of the drivers involved in the accident was "in the middle of typing a text message when the accident occurred." That same source was not willing to comment on whether it was the wrong-way driver who was texting.
The accident remains under further investigation pending toxicology results.
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