Authorities identify 3 killed in McPherson County crash

It happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday

WINDOM, Kan. - The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified three people killed in a crash in McPherson County.

Troopers say an officer from the Little River Police Department in Rice County was pursuing a 2017 Nissan Versa that had almost struck a police vehicle after crossing the center line.  The pursuit traveled over the county line and into McPherson County on US 56 Highway.

The driver of the Nissan crossed the center line between 1st and 2nd Avenue on eastbound US 56 and collided nearly head on with a 1988 Ford Thunderbird.  The driver of the Thunderbird, identified as 73-year-old Gerald Mindrup of Windom, died at the scene.

The driver of the fleeing Nissan is identified as 29-year-old Miguel Casas, from El Monte, California, a Los Angeles suburb.  He was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where he died a short time later.

His passenger is identified as 28-year-old Sara Morales of nearby Rosemead, California.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in western McPherson County. 

Troopers were called to the two vehicle crash around 8 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 56, near Windom, Kansas, at the western edge of the county. One person involved in the crash had reportedly been driving erratically, and authorities in Rice County had attempted to stop him before the crash.

Trooper Ben Gardner said the car collided head-on with another car.  

The victims in the car that was being chased were identified as 29-year-old Miguel Casas of El Monte, California and his passenger, 28-year-old Sara Morales of Rosemead, California.  

The driver of the second car was identified as 73-year-old Gerald Mindrup of Windom.  He died later at a hospital. 


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