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Sister of man killed in Starkey van crash racked with guilt

Mother of Starkey crash victim at a vigil for her son

Kay Atterbery has a message for the man arrested on suspicion of causing the crash Friday that killed two Starkey Inc. residents, including her son, Dusty.
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Kay Atterbery has a message for the man arrested on suspicion of causing the crash Friday that killed two Starkey Inc. residents, including her son, Dusty.

There are times when Lesley Davis blames herself for what happened to her brother, Dirk, on Friday.

Then she realizes she is in no way at fault for the west Wichita crash that took her brother’s life, as well as the life of another Starkey Inc. resident.

“I blame myself for a lot of stuff,” she said Wednesday, sobbing over the phone. “I wish I’d done some things differently.”

Two Starkey Inc. residents were killed and six others were injured in a violent west Wichita crash last Friday.

Dirk MacMillan, 46, was placed in Starkey residential care in January after he became “out of control” at home, said Davis, 67.

Davis’ husband had just recovered from a 2 1/2-year bout with cancer, and in those years, MacMillan’s diabetes became volatile, she said.

“He ate incessantly – he couldn’t get (his blood sugar) under control,” she said. “I think a lot of that was his way of coping.”

Kay Atterbery has a message for the man arrested on suspicion of causing the crash Friday that killed two Starkey Inc. residents, including her son, Dusty.

MacMillan had lived with Davis and her husband in their Park City home since about 2000, she said.

MacMillan, whom Davis described as “very high-functioning,” was just beginning to get used to living in the Starkey home on Holyoke.

Being “the biggest ‘Star Wars’ fan you’d ever meet,” MacMillan had his room decked out in “Star Wars” posters and his bed was complete with “Star Wars” sheets, Davis said.

He loved to sing, and he was a big country-western fan, Davis said.

He was an avid book reader – “He loved to brag about how many pages were in a book he’d just read,” Davis said.

He was also a “fanatic” for superhero movies.

On Friday, he had asked Davis to take him to Newton to be with a friend and watch “Captain America: Civil War,” but the idea was vetoed.

She can barely talk about it without crying.

I have just such horrible guilt over it.

Lesley Davis, sister of Dirk MacMillan

“I promised him I would take him, just him, and we’d see it probably before his birthday or on his birthday,” she said. “I just wish I would have let him go. I have just such horrible guilt over it.”

MacMillan was in the right rear-passenger side of the Starkey van, which took the blunt of the impact from the crash.

He had massive head trauma and facial injuries. Both lungs were punctured. Every rib on his right side was broken. His pelvis was shattered. He had renal problems.

“There were some other things, but I just couldn’t hear any more,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to.”

He died at 6:48 p.m. Friday.

She couldn’t bring herself to collect her brother’s things at the hospital on Friday or at Starkey on Tuesday.

Her husband threw away the clothes MacMillan was wearing Friday before bringing his belongings home, she said.

Davis said the tragedy of Friday’s crash was that the Starkey residents are all “children at heart.”

“That’s what’s so bad about this – They were adult children,” she said. “I mean, they might have been in men’s bodies, but they were kids.”

The driver of the Cadillac Escalade that slammed into the Starkey van, Bret Blevins, was booked into jail Saturday on suspicion of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, three counts of aggravated battery linked to driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm, failing to stop after a fatal accident, driving with a suspended license and violating probation, records show.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

Funeral services for Starkey crash victims

A funeral service for Dirk MacMillan, who will be cremated, will be held at 10 a.m. May 20 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1515 N. Anderson, in Newton.

A funeral service for Dusty Atterbery will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Mortuary, 1147 S. Broadway. There will be a viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

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