Wichita woman, 24, dies in wrong-way, fiery crash on K-254 at Oliver

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A 24-year-old Wichita woman died early Friday morning when the car she was driving — going the wrong way — hit a bridge rail structure and caught fire on K-254 at Oliver, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol identified the woman as Brooke L. Spainhower.

A patrol report said she was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry that “failed to negotiate” a curve, hit the end of a bridge rail structure and caught fire. The accident was reported around 1:45 a.m.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Spainhower was driving in the wrong lane — going west in an eastbound lane, Trooper Chad Crittenden said.

As to what caused her to be in the wrong lane, Crittenden said, “We do not know what happened, unfortunately.” A witness saw the car after it had crashed. But so far, investigators don’t know of any eyewitness to the crash, he said.

Tim Potter has covered crime and safety for The Eagle for more than 20 years. His focus is the story behind the story and government accountability. He can be reached at 316-268-6684.