7 killed, including 2 children, Tuesday in 4 Kansas car crashes

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Seven people died Tuesday in four separate car wrecks on Kansas roadways, including two children, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Six others were injured in those wrecks.

The deadly day began in Johnson County, where 15-year-old Raina Esparza died when she was ejected from a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 35 near the Merriam-Overland Park border.

The 35-year-old male driver and female passenger, also 35, were transported with unspecified injuries.

The next wreck occurred a little after 5 p.m. just west of Girard in Crawford County. The patrol reports a 52-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Silverado crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision with a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 28-year-old Jamie R. Hallacy, of Walnut.

Hallacy was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-month-old girl and the driver of the Silverado were taken to hospitals with disabling injuries, according to a crash report.

About two hours later, 28-year-old Michael A. Fawl and his 5-year-old son Michael H. Fawl, both of Topeka, were riding in a skidloader about six miles east of Meriden, Kansas when it tipped forward, ejecting both and rolling.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, his father at a nearby hospital.

The final crash, which killed three passengers in a pickup truck that struck a tractor, happened just before 8 p.m. on K-4 in Rush County.

The 55-year-old Hays man driving the pickup swerved to miss the tractor, but struck it as it was making a t urn into a field drive, the patrol said.

The passengers all died at the scene. They have been identified as: Jose R. Villarreal Jr, 47, of Ellis; Ricky D. Hernandez, 35, of Ellis; and David S. Florian, 36, of Hays.

Both drivers involved were transported with disabling injuries.

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