Police suspect texting was factor in deadly crash on I-35

Posted on: 9:17 am, July 17, 2013, by , updated on: 03:57pm, July 17, 2013

OLATHE, Kan. — A car overturned and a woman was killed Wednesday morning at I-35 and 167th Street.

Kansas Highway Patrol authorities believe the woman may have been reading a text on her phone at the time of the accident.

TamiquaAccording to investigators, the woman, identified as Tamiqua Kendricks, 25, was driving in the left lane on southbound I-35 when she veered off the road and lost control of the car. Police say she overcorrected and came across both lanes of traffic before leaving the the road again, where her car flipped. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

“I can’t make the determination, but way over 50 percent of the time if you’re wearing your seat belt, fatality would not have happened,” said Howard Dickinson, technical trooper for the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Police said there was a car seat in the car, but she was not traveling with a child.

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