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 (Smith) 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).
Kyle Landen Miller, 14, died Nov. 27, 2015. He was born Oct. 31, 2001, at Wichita, the son of Andrew and Kelli Smith Miller. A Kingman resident most of his life, he was in the eighth grade at Kingman Middle School. He attended the Kingman Mennonite Church, was on the KMS football squad, Scholar’s Bowl and Leadership Team. Survivors include: his father and stepmother, Andy and Chelsey; mother, Kelli; sister, Kaitlyn LaRose; grandparents, Jeff and Nancy Miller, Cal and Kristeen Gilbertson, and Dave and Amy Stucky; great-grandparents, Mary Lou Miller and Norma Beck. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Junior Miller, Ben Beck and Kevin Smith. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kingman United Methodist Church. A service of celebration as well as the family visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kingman Christian Church. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made with the Kingman Jr. and Sr. High Football Athletics and KSU Football team. Arrangements handled by Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman. (Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman Kansas. November 30, 2015).