Two teens seriously injured when car strikes tree in Prairie Village

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Two high school students were injured Wednesday morning when a white Dodge Charger they were in crashed into a tree in the front yard of a Prairie Village home.

Police said the crash happened on Cherokee Drive just south of 71st Street around 10:15 a.m., leaving two of the teen passengers with critical injuries. One had been sitting in the back seat, the other was a front seat passenger.

Police said the crash involved two westbound vehicles; the Dodge Charger carrying the two injured teenagers and the teen driver left the roadway and struck a tree. A Hyundai sustained some damage to the front end. No one in that car was injured.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, police say. They do not believe road conditions contributed to the crash.

One neighbor who didn't want to be identified said she was in her dining room when she heard the crash.

“I didn’t hear any squealing breaks or anything like that,” the woman said. “I just heard the impact of the crash.”

Another neighbor said the driver appeared to be going more than twice the posted speed limit, which is 25 mph.

But speeding in this neighborhood is not uncommon, according to neighbors.

“People speed through here all the time," the woman said. “In fact, people run the stop sign at 71st and Cherokee all the time. That’s where they usually happen.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prairie Village Police Department at 913-642-5151.

Two suffered critical injuries in a Prairie Village crash