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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Alcohol, speed cited in April 3 crash that injured three

Posted: April 4, 2015 - 3:02pm
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:43am

April 21 update:

Operation 100 News has obtained a copy of the accident report for the April 3rd crash that injured three teenagers on Pflumm Road.
The report shows that the 2015 Honda Civic, occupied by three 18-year-old men, was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Pflumm Road at approximately 10:50 p.m.
Shawnee Police have charged Alexander Kiegerl, of Lenexa, with speeding, preliminary breath test refusal, and DUI.
According to the report, police estimate that the vehicle was traveling between 62.05 miles-per-hour and 68.57 miles-per-hour when the car crossed the centerline of Pflumm Road, just north of 67th Street. The posted speed limit on Pflumm Road is 30 miles-per-hour. The report states that the driver lost control, went off of the right side of the road, and struck the east curb. The car crossed the centerline a second time, spun 180 degrees, and then went off the west side of the road, crashing through a chain-link fence, and finally coming to rest when the rear of the car struck a tree.
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or greater is a crime in Kansas for drivers under 21 years of age. The accident report states that Kiegerl, 18, tested .09 percent according to the accident report. The legal limit for drivers 21 and older is .08 percent. The accident report identifies the two 18-year-old passengers, one of Lenexa and one of Shawnee. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Operation 100 News is not releasing their names as the police report does not list any charges against them.

Original report:

Spray paint marks the car's path during the crash
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Three teenagers were injured in an crash late Friday night in Shawnee.

The crash happened at about 11 p.m. near the intersection of 65th Street and Pflumm Road.

Joe Petersen, who lives nearby, said that the car involved in the crash was northbound on Pflumm Road and "doing some fast and furious stuff."

Petersen says police returned to the scene Saturday morning, marking the path of the vehicle.

The spray paint markings left behind on the road indicate that the car was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Pflumm Road, just past 67th Street. Markings then weave back to the correct side of the road where a curb was struck. The collision with the curb appears to have sent the car back across the southbound lane, over a curb, through a chain link fence and finally coming to rest nearly head-on against a tree.
At least two of the fence posts were pulled out of the ground, with their concrete base, several fence posts were sheared in half.
A damaged tree and two beer cans mark the end of the car's path
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Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department said that evidence at the scene of the crash indicates that the car was traveling faster than 50 miles-per-hour. The posted speed limit is 30 miles-per-hour.

Police say the driver of the 2015 Honda Civic involved in the crash an 18-year-old Lenexa man, was arrested on charges of DUI.

Public records show that the driver was processed and then released with a notice to appear. He was not booked into the county jail.

Petersen says there were three teenagers in the car and several beer cans could be seen in the grass near the tree where the car came to rest.

According to Petersen, all three teenagers got out and started to walk away from the crashed car. The crash was witnessed by a woman who was traveling south on Pflumm Road when the car crossed in front of her and then through the fence.

"She slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting them," Petersen said.

One of the teenagers was bleeding, as indicated by a trail of blood droplets on the sidewalk near where the car was left wrecked.
The chain-link fence lays damaged after the crash
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Petersen says two of the teenagers were found near the crashed car and the third was located at his home in Shawnee.

A parent of one teenager involved in the crash, who requested that his name not be used, said that his son was still in the hospital late Saturday morning. His injuries included a broken arm. The parent says his son was a passenger in the 2015 Honda Civic.

Petersen said that he believes the fence saved lives Friday night.

"Had that fence not been there, they would have hit that tree at full steam," he said.

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