KHP motorist assist technician killed in crash

PARK CITY, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a motorist assistance technician died after a crash Wednesday afternoon.

It happened in Park City, Kan., near Wichita, around 4 p.m.

Authorities say the crash involved a Kansas Highway Patrol assistance vehicle and a tractor-trailer.

The Motorist Assistance Technician was critically injured in the crash and transported to a Wichita hospital, where he later died from his injuries. On Thursday afternoon, h e was identified as Ricardo Torres. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Torres had served with the Kansas Highway Patrol as a Motorist Assist technician since May of 2015.  Motorist Assist technicians help with vehicle break downs, change tires, provide fuel, and assist with traffic control at crash scenes.

The collision investigation is ongoing, and the Kansas Highway Patrol asks anyone from the public who may have information on it, or who may have witnessed anything regarding this, to please contact Lt. Aaron McGuire at 316-744-0451.

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