Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM

Kansas man, teen dead after SUV collides with Volkswagen

Posted Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Two people died in an accident just after 7 a.m. Wednesday in Franklin County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1998 Volkswagen Passat driven by James Gregory Tracy, 67, Rantoul, was eastbound on Kansas 68 Highway eight miles east of Ottawa.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a steel guard rail. The Volkswagen veered off into the westbound lane of traffic.

A 2018 Ford Explorer driven by Erica Loriene Drinkard, 40, Paola, struck the Volkswagen on both passenger side doors.

Tracy and a passenger in the Volkswagen Harry Ray Mock Jr., 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported Drinkard to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

All three were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

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Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM
Social media tip leads to Kan. woman's arrest for counterfeit cash, drugs
Lopez photo Cowley Co.

COWLEY COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas woman on drug and additional charges after a tip on social media.

On December 28, police took a report regarding a theft by shoplifting that had occurred earlier that day at the Walmart Supercenter, located at 2701 N. Summit Street in Arkansas City, according to a media release.

Through an anonymous tip via social media, Reyna Maria, 33, was identified as a possible suspect in the case.

On January 20, police located Lopez at a residence in the 200 block of East Birch Avenue after locating a vehicle belonging to her in that neighborhood. The vehicle, a gold 2000 Dodge Stratus, contained drug paraphernalia within plain sight of officers.

After they gained consent to search the vehicle, police also located counterfeit money inside. Police arrested her on requested charges that include felony of possession of methamphetamine and two felony counts of counterfeiting currency as well as one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

She was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $9,500 bond, according to the release.