Police looking for driver who left scene after fiery Tonganoxie crash that killed another

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TONGANOXIE, Kan. --  A man was found dead inside of a burning vehicle early Thursday morning, and police are looking for the driver of a second car that they believe was at the scene when the man crashed and died inside his burning truck.

FOX 4's Judy Le is in Tonganoxie and found rubble at the crash scene.

FOX 4's Judy Le is in Tonganoxie and found rubble at the crash scene.

Police said there were no witnesses, but they're convinced there were two cars traveling southbound on County Road 5

driving at high speeds. Police said they think one of the vehicles lost control and hit the support pillars of the bridge and burst into flames.


Colin Bennett, 21, of Tonganoxie was killed in an accident Thurs. Feb. 19, 2015.

The victim has been identified as Colin Bennett, 21. Visitors to the scene say they knew him as an outstanding person.

"What a tragedy, you know, such a nice kid," said Ray Bichelmeyer, a family friend of the victim's.

The smell of gasoline was still detectable Thursday afternoon, as were scratch marks on the pillar and pieces of the truck.

Police say evidence shows there was a second set of tire tracks in the snow demonstrating that a second driver was involved. Police said the tracks show the driver drove northbound away from the accident before help arrived.

"When I think about it, it makes me sad to know that something can happen so quick.," said Bichelmeyer.

Police said they do not have a description of the second vehicle because there were no witnesses. Tonganoxie police are investigating this accident.


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