Suspect charged in triple-fatality crash

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Bond is set at $500,000 for a Wichita man charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people.

KAKE-TV reports 31-year-old Juan Gandara-Rodel made his first appearance Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court. He’s charged with three counts of second-degree murder or three alternative counts of involuntary manslaughter, plus aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an accident.

The collision happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in west Wichita. Police say Gandara-Rodel was speeding in an SUV when he ran a red light and struck a car.

The collision killed three passengers in the car, identified as 21-year-old Emily Phillips, of McPherson, and Jake Hallacy and Zachery Taylor, both 26 and from Valley Center. The driver and a fourth passenger were injured.

Gandara-Rodel did not have a lawyer Thursday.

 

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