Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM

Kansas man, teen dead after SUV collides with Volkswagen

Posted Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Two people died in an accident just after 7 a.m. Wednesday in Franklin County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1998 Volkswagen Passat driven by James Gregory Tracy, 67, Rantoul, was eastbound on Kansas 68 Highway eight miles east of Ottawa.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a steel guard rail. The Volkswagen veered off into the westbound lane of traffic.

A 2018 Ford Explorer driven by Erica Loriene Drinkard, 40, Paola, struck the Volkswagen on both passenger side doors.

Tracy and a passenger in the Volkswagen Harry Ray Mock Jr., 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported Drinkard to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

All three were properly restrained at the time of the accident, according to the KHP.

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Jan 22, 2020 9:04 PM
Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child
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OLATHE, KAN. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy.

Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's office said.

She and her boyfriend, John Carter, 36, were charged after the child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in December 2018. Doctors reported he was bruised and malnourished from starvation, prosecutors said. The hospital staff said the boy had lost 10 pounds since he was taken to the hospital in September 2018. The child was taken into protective custody.

As part of the plea agreement, battery and endangerment charges were dismissed.

Carter has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and endangerment. His case is pending in district court.

Francis will be sentenced March 9.