The cause of a head-on collision near Mulvane on Monday morning that killed two drivers and critically injured a passenger may never be known, an investigator said.
What is known is that as Kyle Dylan Staab drove a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup north on K-15, the vehicle went into the southbound lane and then braked, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Hankins said Monday afternoon.
The Ram left 30 to 40 feet of skid marks before it struck a 1996 Ford F150 pickup driven by Kristy L. Roszel, Hankins said.
Staab, 30, of Arkansas City, and Roszel, 33, of Wichita, died at the scene.
A passenger in the truck driven by Staab, identified as Daniel A. Clark, 27, of Wichita, was in “very critical condition” Monday afternoon at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Hankins said.
The accident occurred at around 6:24 a.m. in a 65-mph speed zone about a mile south of Mulvane on K-15.
Staab, who apparently was unemployed, had left his home early Monday morning; it wasn’t clear where he was heading, Hankins said.
Roszel worked for a school photography company and was on her way to take school pictures when the crash happened, Hankins said.
Her co-workers sent this e-mail message Monday evening:
“Kristy’s warm smile and open heart made everyone she met feel that they mattered … like they were special. Her ever present optimism, her kind nature, and willingness to give of herself will be what we remember most.”