Young girls recovering after east Winf. crash

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By Shane Farley
February 7, 2013 - 10:02:51 am

UPDATE: Friday - Two young girls are recovering from injuries received early Thursday morning in a two-vehicle collision just east of Winfield.

Aria Utech, 7, was recovering at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita by the afternoon, according to Cowley County Sheriff Don Read. She is said to have suffered contusions, minor scratches and a concussion.

Both family and authorities reported that Utech was communicating well and improving. Kayra Utech, 5, was transported to William Newton Hospital and was released following treatment.

Just before 7:45 a.m., the girls were riding in a westbound 2001 Saturn traveling on U.S. Highway 160 near the K-360 bypass. Their mother, Heather Howard, 26, Cedar Vale was the driver.

Sheriff Read said a 2006 Chevy pickup was northbound on the bypass and failed to stop. The truck struck Howardís vehicle on the rear driverís side.

The Howard vehicle then spun and collided with a utility pole. Howard suffered minor injuries.

Robert Wamsley was identified as the driver of the truck. He was not injured.

Read said all involved were wearing seat belts and, when necessary due to age, secured in booster seats. Itís a main reason the injuries were not more severe, he said.


A 7-year-old girl suffered critical injuries Thursday morning in a crash at U.S. 160 highway and the K-360 bypass in east Winfield, according to authorities.

She was transported to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. A 4-year-old in the same vehicle was taken to William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

The children were riding in a car traveling westbound on U.S. 160. Their mother was driving the vehicle, she suffered minor injuries.

Their blue-colored car collided with a black truck traveling northbound on the K-360 bypass. Initial reports indicated the black truck did not yield to oncoming traffic.

The vehicles struck one another and the car was sent spinning into a telephone pole.

The accident was reported around 7:45 a.m.

More information will be available soon.

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