Harvey County crash killed two teenage boys, official says
Officials released new information Saturday about a weather-related traffic accident in Harvey County The accident occurred Friday afternoon and killed two boys, both between 13 and 14 years old. One boy was from Whitewater, the other from Kingman, said Harvey County sheriff’s Cpl. Tim Boese. He said he couldn’t release their names. A 35-year-old Whitewater woman was driving a small SUV in which the boys were riding. She was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis with serious injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, Boese said. He said he could not release her name because relatives are still being notified. The boys and the women are related, Boese said. The SUV, an Infiniti QX, was going north in the 9800 block of South East Lake Road. It happened around 2:50 p.m. Friday on a paved road with a 55-mph speed limit in a rural area. The SUV apparently lost control because of ice, veered into a ditch and rolled into a utility pole. The force ejected one of the boys, who died at the scene. Fire and EMS worker extricated the other boy from the vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at Newton Medical Center. The three in the SUV were on their way to a family home, Boese said. The accident is one of five rollover crashes on Harvey County roads since Friday, Boese said Saturday afternoon. Although some highways in the county were fairly clear Saturday, the county’s other paved and gravel roads “are a sheet of ice,” he said. “The back roads are terrible right now.” (The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. November 28, 2015).
Authorities Identify Teens
Kelli Larose-Miller, a 35-year-old Whitewater woman was driving an Infiniti SUV on South East Lake Road just south of Southeast 96th Street at about 3 p.m. on Friday when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over, crashing into a large utility pole, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said in a statement. The woman’s son, 14-year-old Kyle Landon Miller of Kingman, was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene. Her nephew, 14-year-old Cole Mies of Kingman, was taken to Newton Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The woman told authorities she was driving about 55 miles an hour at the time of the crash, Walton said. She was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita with injuries considered not life-threatening. (The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. November 29, 2015).
Cole Edward Mies, 14, died Nov. 27, 2015. He was born June 29, 2001, at Wichita, the son of Don and Kimberly Miller Mies. A resident of Kingman most of his life he was in the Freshman class at Kingman High School. He attended the Kingman Mennonite Church; was a member of the KHS Cross Country and Track teams; and was on the KHS Honor Roll. Survivors include his parents Don and Kim; sister Elizabeth; grandparents Jeff and Nancy Miller, Ed, Jr. and Corliss Mies; great-grandparents Mary Lou Miller, Norma Beck and Lela Santee. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers Junior Miller, Ben Beck Rex Santee, and Edward, Sr. and Mary Ann Mies. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at the Kingman United Methodist Church. A service of celebration as well as the family visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday at the Kingman Mennonite Church. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made with the Kingman Ministerial Alliance Food Bank and Kingman Riverside Park Basketball Court Improvement Fund, both in care of the Livingston Funeral Home. (Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman Kansas. November 30, 2015).