Crime & Courts

Candlelight vigil set for Starkey collision victim

Leonard “Dusty” Atterbery, 25, was one of two Starkey clients who died in a Friday collision in west Wichita. A candlelight vigil is being organized by Atterbery’s family at the site of the crash.
Leonard “Dusty” Atterbery, 25, was one of two Starkey clients who died in a Friday collision in west Wichita. A candlelight vigil is being organized by Atterbery’s family at the site of the crash. Courtesy photo

A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night at the scene of the deadly collision Friday afternoon that killed two Starkey clients.

The vigil will be at 9 p.m. at the intersection of Young and Newell, which is southwest of Central and West Street. A Cadillac Escalade driving west on Newell ran a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of a Starkey van coming north on Young just after 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

The van was carrying three Starkey clients, two of whom died in the collision: Dirk MacMillian, 46, and Leonard “Dusty” Atterbery, 25. A 33-year-old Starkey client injured in the collision has been upgraded to serious condition, Starkey spokeswoman Jamie Opat said Tuesday.

A 30-year-old staff member has been upgraded to fair condition, she said.

“We are very happy to hear that,” Opat said.

The vigil is being organized by Atterbery’s family.

The driver of the Escalade, 56-year-old Bret Blevins, ran from the collision scene and hid, but neighbors pointed him out to police investigating the incident and he was arrested.

Blevins was booked into jail 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, running a stop sign and driving with a suspended license and violating probation.

His bond was originally set at $300,000, but it has since been increased to $500,000.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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