Illegally Parked Semi-Truck Causes Fatal Collision in Johnson County Crash
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, on December 10, 2019, Jessie Miller, age 31, died in a crash involving seven vehicles at I-35 and 67th Street in Merriam, KS. The driver of the semi-truck, Matthew Howard, was illegally parked partially on the inside lane of travel and partially on the inside shoulder. Miller, driving northbound in the inside lane, struck the rear of the semi-truck’s trailer, forcing Hess’s 2010 Ford Econoline Van to rotate into the center lanes of travel. While Miller’s van was rotating, a 2019 BMW 530i, driven by Brent Cooper, collided into the driver’s side front corner of Miller’s van. As a result of this collision, Megan Meyer, driving a 2018 Toyota Rav-4, attempted to evade but struck Miller’s driver’s side rear corner. This collision forced Miller’s vehicle to rotate and crash into Jalise Freeman, driving a 2017 Nissan Versa. Freeman’s collision result in two additional collisions with two other vehicles. Howard and Freeman did not suffer any injuries. Cooper and Meyer were taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital with suspected serious injuries.
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