Police trying to determine whether speed or distractions contributed to deadly Olathe crash

OLATHE, Kan. -- Police are investigating a multiple vehicle crash that killed one driver Tuesday.

It happened at 6:40 a.m. at Parker and Sante Fe streets.

Parker is also known as highway K-7 and vehicles must slow down from 65 to 40 miles per hour in the city limits.

That's one of the factors police are investigating as they determine why a box truck southbound on Parker struck an SUV that was stopped, waiting for a left turn signal at the intersection.

Police say the delivery truck from Runner Freight then veered into the northbound lanes of traffic on Parker and collided with a black Acura.

Police say the driver of the Acura died at the scene.

Andrea Romero is thankful her husband, the driver of the SUV, was not seriously injured. Robert Romero says if the truck had drifted a few more feet into the left turn lane, he would not have survived either.

"They (police) feel he might have been on the phone," Andrea Romero said.  "He might have been distracted by the phone because there’s no traffic around here at that time in the morning. It’s still dark. He (Robert) leaves early because of that. We don’t know if he was distracted or what?"

Distracted driving is another factor being investigated in the crash.

Police say this is a heavily traveled intersection during most hours of the day, and drivers must focus their full attention on the road.

"We want everybody to pay attention to what they’re doing," said Sgt. Logan Bonney, of the Olathe police. "When you are on the road, we are seeing more and more cases of distracted driving. Whether it’s texting or just being distracted in general. Put down your phone. Pay attention to your surroundings, especially during rush hour when there’s a lot of traffic out."

Police are not releasing the name of the driver killed in the crash until after they notify his next of kin.

The crash at Santa Fe and Parker in Olathe, Kan., Tuesday, May 8, 2018 killed one person.