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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Driver flees; leaves three critically injured behind

Posted: February 3, 2013 - 2:19am
Updated: February 3, 2013 - 1:10pm

Olathe Police are investigating a serious accident this morning.

Police say the accident was dispatched at 1:58 a.m., on E. Dennis Avenue near S. Sunset Lane.

Police arrived on the scene to find one person had been ejected from the vehicle and ways laying unresponsive in the roadway. Two others remained inside the vehicle, one of them was also unresponsive.

Olathe firefighters reported that the vehicle had sustained heavy damage in the crash and that there would be minor extrication needed to remove the two injured from inside.

Johnson County Med-Act reported two people were critically injured, the third was seriously injured. All were transported to area hospitals for further treatment.

Sunday afternoon, police say that three male passengers were transported from the scene in critical condition. One of the injured was ejected from the vehicle in the collision.

The men reportedly range in age from mid 20's to mid 30's.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, police say that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Dennis Avenue when the driver lost control, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver fled from the scene before officers could arrive.

Police say the driver is a Hispanic male, approximately 180lbs, with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing dark colored clothing.

Police closed a section of E. Dennis Avenue while they investigated the accident. The roadway was reopened at 4:40 a.m..

The vehicle was reportedly also involved in a very minor non-injury hit and run accident a short distance away from this crash scene. As of Sunday afternoon, police were not willing to comment on the earlier incident.

Police say the case remains under investigation by the Department's Traffic Unit. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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