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Thursday, January 2, 2014

15-year-old driver critically injured in collision with tree

Posted: January 2, 2014 - 1:48am
Updated: January 2, 2014 - 2:02am

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Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating after a 15-year-old crashed a car into a tree this morning just outside of Olathe.

The accident was initially dispatched as a car fire, on 167th Street east of U.S. 169 Highway in Olathe Township. Olathe Police arrived on the scene at 1:12 a.m. to find the vehicle fully engulfed. Officers discovered that the driver had been thrown from the vehicle and immediately requested an ambulance.

Johnson County Med-Act and Johnson County Fire District No. 2 reported the driver's injuries to be critical. His injuries are said to include a broken leg.

The vehicle was very heavily damaged in the collision. One source tells Operation 100 News that the vehicle's front bumper was nearly touching the firewall. The tree is said to be 20-25 feet off of the roadway.

The driver has only been identified as a 15-year-old male and Olathe resident. The vehicle involved belongs to his parents and he is believed to have taken off in the car without their permission or knowledge.

Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate and no other details were immediately available.

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