The Kansas Turnpike Authority has now released the name of the semi driver involved in a fatal accident near the Shawnee-Osage county line Friday night. It has now also released the victim's name, but it hasn't said how an apparently related accident involving an Allen woman fits into the overall picture.
The KTA says Julian Harris, age 39 of Jacksonville, Fla., was northbound when 21-year-old Adrian Trotter of Topeka stepped out in front of his truck. TV-13 says Trotter and a passenger, 31-year-old Joshua Rogers of Topeka, ran from the wreck scene -- but Trotter was hit by the semi. Rogers was later found walking along a road in Osage County.
Meanwhile, 55-year-old Patricia Stark of Allen was northbound when her crash happened about 20 minutes before the fatality accident. Stark's car hit a second vehicle which earlier had struck the center median and came to rest in the passing lane.
The Topeka Capitol-Journal says two other vehicles crashed at or near that location between 6 and 9 pm Friday evening as well.