JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - The Kansas City Highway Patrol has identified the 25-year-old mother who died on 1 -35 at 167th street in Johnson County, Kan., as Tamiqua Kendricks.
Authorities say at about 8:30 a.m., Kendricks lost control of the car and rolled on the right side of the highway. She was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
She was the only one in the car at the time of the crash.
The highway patrol says the mother was distracted while using her phone when she lost control of her vehicle.
No one else was inside the vehicle at the time and no one else was involved.
Troopers say it is especially tragic because she was not wearing her seat belt, which lead to her being ejected from her car.
Kansas Highway Patrol says drivers who wear their seat belts have a 65 percent chance of survival.
Police also say she was on her phone and was distracted using it-- a violation of the law they say they see every day.
Kendricks leaves behind a 5-year-old son.
Her father says she was an Olathe North High School grad and had lots of friends. He said her grandson came home and asked when his mom would get home. He says he's just heartbroken -- a loss he still can't comprehend.
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