WANTED: Police Say Trucker Caused Fatal Crash Then Fled in Stolen Truck
Grant County, KS – Authorities in Kansas are searching for a trucker they say caused a double fatal crash last weekend and then stole a pickup truck from a witness before fleeing the scene.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP), the crash occurred on Saturday, October 26, at 12:21 p.m. at an uncontrolled intersection in rural southwest Kansas.
KHP says that a 2007 Kenworth truck was westbound on Grant County Road 10 three miles north of U.S. 160 at the same time a 2012 Chevy Silverado, driven by Kevin Jay Coyle, 57, of Turpin, Oklahoma, was southbound on County Road X.
According to KHP Technical Trooper Mike Racy, the Kenworth entered the intersection directly into the path of the Silverado and the two vehicles collided.
Both Coyle and a passenger, Gerald Lee Coyle, 81, also of Turpin, Oklahoma, were pronounced dead at the scene.
KHP says a witness driving a pickup truck stopped to give aid to the victims.
When he did, the big rig driver allegedly stole the pickup truck and fled the scene.
KHP says the stolen truck was found on Wednesday, October 30, in a Haskell County field.
The truck driver is still on the run, according to Racy.
He is also facing numerous charges.
Racy shared photos of the suspect and KHP is asking for help to locate him.
Correction on Location: The collision location was the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road X in Grant County. https://t.co/gKFapFdAlc
— Trooper Racy (@TrooperMikeKHP) October 30, 2019
If you have any information as to the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, you are asked to call Racy at 620-276-3201.