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Wichita police identify man killed after crashing into parked semi

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, July 9, 2012, at 1:46 p.m.

Wichita police identified Monday a driver who was killed after his vehicle crashed into a parked semitrailer early Saturday morning.

Galen K. Haaga, 23, was driving his 2004 Chevy Avalanche westbound on West Irving, near Kellogg and West Street, when his vehicle drifted to the left side of the road, Lt. Joe Schroeder said Monday. The accident happened at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Haaga’s vehicle struck a parked semitrailer, moving the trailer 10.5 feet, police said.

A sleeping passenger in the vehicle was not injured. The man woke up and called police, police said.

The men were leaving Old Town and heading to Haaga’s house. However, the road they were on is in an industrial area and not part of the route to Haaga’s house, police said.

The crash may be alcohol-related, based on statements made by the passenger, Schroeder said.

Police don’t know how fast Haaga was driving but said both men were wearing seatbelts. Distracted driving was not a factor in the accident.

Haaga’s death is the 12th traffic-related fatality this year. There were 19 traffic-related fatalities this time last year.

Reach Sarah Tucker at 316-268-6514 or stucker@wichitaeagle.com.

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