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Autopsy testing on Benton teen in wrong-way crash doesn’t find drugs

The collision occurred at about 6 a.m., July 13, 2014, near the Butler County-Sedgwick County line, about half a mile into Sedgwick County and east of Bel Aire.
The collision occurred at about 6 a.m., July 13, 2014, near the Butler County-Sedgwick County line, about half a mile into Sedgwick County and east of Bel Aire. File photo

It remains unknown what, if any, substance 16-year-old Dominic Stolfi might have been under the influence of when he drove the wrong way on K-254 before a crash that killed him and two other people this past July.

Chemical analysis by a Pennsylvania laboratory did not detect drugs similar to LSD, according to an autopsy report filed Tuesday in Sedgwick County District Court. The lab tested for four compounds similar to LSD.

Other testing did not find other types of drugs or alcohol, the report says.

Timothy Rohrig, director and chief toxicologist for the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, was unavailable for comment, a county spokeswoman said Wednesday.

In the days after the July 13 accident, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said that about three hours before the two-vehicle collision, the Benton teen told a deputy that he had taken LSD, a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Deputies had responded to a report of a disturbance at a party.

Herzet said deputies didn't have grounds to arrest the teen. The teen’s father took him home, where he later got into a Ford Explorer and drove onto the highway going the wrong way, Herzet said.

Stolfi didn't make it far down the highway before colliding with a car carrying two Potwin women, Lisa Hardy, 27, and Nancy Ross, 52. Stolfi and the two women died at the scene. The collision occurred at about 6 a.m. near the Butler County-Sedgwick County line, about half a mile into Sedgwick County and east of Bel Aire.

The autopsy report filed this week says Stolfi was said to have been at an early-morning party “at which time he reportedly appeared to be under the influence of some substance. At that time he was reportedly examined by EMS personnel and released to the custody of his father.”

An autopsy found that Stolfi died of “multiple blunt force injuries” and that the “manner of death is accident,” the report said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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