Authorities on Wednesday identified the 39-year-old Wichita man killed in a head-on collision Tuesday night in Butler County as Jeremy Jachim.
In making the identification, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said a heavy thunderstorm and wind probably were contributing factors.
Jachim was driving a 2009 Honda Civic westbound in the eastbound lane of four-lane U.S. 54 just east of Southwest Indianola Road when it collided shortly before 9:30 p.m. with an eastbound Dodge van, Herzet said.
As Jachim drove in the passing lane, a witness told authorities he was unable to get Jachim’s attention to let him know he was going the wrong way, Herzet said.
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“It was right about the time the rain was coming down hard and the visibility was down to nothing,” the sheriff said. “I do think it was a factor (in the accident). He must have gotten on not realizing it was a four-lane highway.”
Jachim was pronounced dead at the scene. The van driver, a 31-year-old man from Augusta, and his 16-year-old passenger from Augusta, were taken to Wesley Medical Center with injuries, Herzet said.
The 31-year-old was still in the hospital Wednesday afternoon, a Wesley spokeswoman said. The 16-year-old was not listed as a patient, she said.