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Kansas troopers search for semi driver who stole another vehicle after deadly crash

Update, 4 p.m. Wednesday:

State troopers are looking for the man suspected of causing a deadly crash before stealing another vehicle and fleeing the scene.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in rural Grant County in western Kansas when a semi failed to yield the right of way to a pickup, the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a crash report. The two men in the pickup were killed. The report said the driver of the semi was unknown.

That’s because he stole another vehicle and fled from the wreck, Trooper Mike Racy said in a tweet on Wednesday. Racy told the Hays Post that he drove away in a witness’s pickup as the witness tried to help the victims of the collision. That truck was later found abandoned in a Haskell County field.

Law enforcement released two photos of the semi driver and asked that anyone with information on the man’s identity and location call Racy at 620-276-3201.

Original story:

Two Oklahoma men who were father and son died Saturday in a western Kansas crash where a semi driver failed to yield the right of way, state troopers said.

Emergency crews were called at around 12:21 p.m. to an injury accident at the intersection of Grant County Road X and Road 10, about 15 miles northeast of Ulysses, the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a crash report.

Investigators determined a 2007 Kenworth semi was westbound on Road 10 as a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado was southbound on Road X. The semi truck driver “failed to yield the right of way to (the pickup) at the uncontrolled intersection and entered the intersection directly in the path of (the pickup),” troopers wrote in the report. The pickup hit the passenger side of the semi.

Two men in the pickup, both of Turpin, Oklahoma, were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified in the KHP report as driver Kevin Jay Coyle, 57, and passenger Gerald Lee Coyle, 81.

An online obituary for a family member identifies Gerald as the father of Kevin.

Troopers said that the identity of the semi driver was not known at the time of the report.

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