Family asks why teen was free before fatal crash

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The families of two women killed in a head-on collision with a Kansas teenager who was driving the wrong way said the boy’s father and law enforcement officials should have done more to keep him off the road after he told deputies he had taken LSD.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said Monday that deputies responding to a disturbance near Benton at 2:40 a.m. Sunday were told 16-year-old Dominic Stolfi and his 16-year-old friend had taken the hallucinogenic drug. The friend was agitated and saying he was “freaking out on acid,” while Dominic was calmly sitting downstairs in his underwear, Herzet said.

Dominic’s father was called to pick him up, Herzet said, while the other boy was taken to a hospital by ambulance, The Wichita Eagle reported.

At 6 a.m., Dominic drove the family’s Ford Explorer the wrong way on the four-lane, divided Kansas 254 and struck a car driven by Lisa Hardy, 27, who had swerved onto the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the collision. Dominic, Hardy, and her passenger, Nancy Ross, 52, were killed in the crash.

Herzet said his deputies had no ground to arrest Dominic. The teen’s father, Eric Stolfi, said he took steps to make sure his son was safe — including hiding all of the keys — and made sure the boy was asleep about an hour before the collision.

“The kid should have never been released,” because he told a deputy he took LSD, said Jacob Allison, Hardy’s boyfriend and father of her nearly 2-year-old son.

Hardy’s sister, Peggy Woods, said the blame goes beyond that.

“I fault whoever gave that (drug) to him,” she said. “He was a 16-year-old child. At 16, you don’t know about drugs, especially drugs like that.”

Both women’s families said the two were coming home from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane when the crash happened.

Hardy was a stay-at-home mother who grew up mostly in western Kansas. Ross, the paternal grandmother and main caregiver for Hardy’s other child, a 5-year-old daughter who lives with her, is a night owl, family members said.

Ross, whose husband died two years ago, was on disability because of severe diabetes.

Herzet said on Tuesday that his office had sent paperwork to the county attorney’s office seeking prosecution of the other 16-year-old for possession of a hallucinogenic drug and possession of paraphernalia. Investigators took into evidence blotter paper and what is thought to be LSD, Herzet said. The substance will be analyzed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t seen LSD in Butler County for more than 10 years, Herzet said.

 

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