WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the name of a man who died in a crash on Kansas Highway 96 Thursday morning. They say he was 43-year-old Brian Lee Garza of Hutchinson.
The crash happened just after 9:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of K-96 at Worthington Road, a mile west of the Sedgwick/Reno County line, between Haven and Mount Hope.
The KHP said a semi and a pickup were headed east on K-96.
“The semi had slowed down to make a right turn onto Worthington Road, and the driver of the pickup failed to slow down and struck the rear of the trailer of the semi,” KHP Lt. Aaron McGuire said.
Garza, the passenger in the pickup, died at the scene. The driver of the pickup, a 27-year-old Hutchinson man, was taken to the hospital for a suspected minor injury.
The 57-year-old man who was driving the semi is from Conway Springs. He complained of pain but refused treatment.
The eastbound K-96 lanes were closed as the KHP investigated.