Sep 26, 2020 8:39 PM

Sheriff IDs Kan. mother, 4 children killed in collision

Posted Sep 26, 2020 8:39 PM
First responders on the crash scene Friday -photo courtesy KWCH
First responders on the crash scene Friday -photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Authorities have released names of the victims involved in the fatal Friday evening crash in Sedgwick County.

A Ford Expedition driven by Jessica Noel, 33, Viola, with her four children as passengers was southbound in the 7100 Block of South 263rd Street West southeast of Cheny, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office daily accident bulletin.

A semi trailer loaded with grain and driven by Andrew Specht ran a stop sign, according the sheriff's department. Noel's vehicle struck the trailer and it split in two pieces.

Noel, and her children Jeffrey Thompson III, 4,  Hank Thompson, 4-months, and Anaiah Brady, 10, were pronounced dead at the scene and were transported to the Forensic Science Center, according to the sheriff's department.

EMS transported a fourth passenger 1-year-old Mack Thompson to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, according to the bulletin from the sheriff's department. He died at the hospital. Specht was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation. 


VIOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say three children and an adult were killed and another person critically injured in a crash involving a grain truck and an SUV.

KWCH-TV reports the accident happened around 5 p.m. Friday near Viola in southwest Sedgwick County.

Captain Brad Hoch with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says the two vehicles had a “violent collision” in the middle of the intersection and four people in the SUV died. The driver of the grain truck was not seriously hurt. It is unknown yet what led up to the accident. Authorities have not released names of the victims.