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Bond stays at $100,000 for defendants in fatal Turnpike crash

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 10:19 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 10:22 a.m.

A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday refused to lower the $100,000 bond for two men charged in March 20 accident that killed a man on the Kansas Turnpike.

Alfonso Cano-Corral, 45, and Ubaldo Corea-Madrid, 56, are each facing misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and felony counts of making false information.

District Judge Ben Burgess noted that the men faced presumptive sentences of probation if convicted of the charges, and he asked prosecutors and defense lawyers to try to come up with a pre-trial release plan that would be acceptable to both sides. Defense lawyers said both defendants are in the country legally. One lives in Mexico and the other in El Paso, Texas, they said

The men were driving school buses back to Mexico — each towing one school bus behind the one they were driving — when one of the buses being towed got a flat tire near the K-15 exit in south Wichita. The men were working on the flat tire in the left-hand lane of southbound traffic, authorities said, and the traffic hazard caused a multiple-vehicle crash that killed Donald Putman, 60, of Wichita.

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