Inattention to the road likely cause of Saturday wreck in Prairie Village

Police blocked off the intersection of 79th Street and Roe Avenue Monday to take measurements at the scene of Saturday's accident. Reader submitted photo.
Police blocked off the intersection of 79th Street and Roe Avenue Monday to take measurements at the scene of Saturday’s accident. Reader submitted photo.

Prairie Village police said Monday that inattentive driving appears to be the cause of the accident at 79th Street and Roe Avenue Saturday evening that has a Prairie Village husband and wife still in the hospital.

Police Chief Wes Jordan said the 16-year-old driver of the truck that ran the stop sign as it traveled westbound on 79th Street around 6:40 p.m. had been “very cooperative” with investigators. At this point in the investigation, police say, it does not appear that texting-while driving, alcohol or other substances played a part in the crash.

“From what we gather, he was distracted by something in the car,” Jordan said. “His eyes left the roadway.”

The 16 year old is not a Prairie Village resident.

On Monday, police closed the intersection again to take measurements of skid marks and impact points in an attempt to reconstruct the moments that led to the accident. The force of the impact from the Range Rover did significant damage to the Honda Civic in which the husband and wife were driving.

Police said Monday that the last update they had from medical officials was that both the husband and wife had been in intensive care, and that the husband’s condition was more serious than the wife’s.