Mar 18, 2023

Kansas man killed in car traveling in reverse on interstate

Posted Mar 18, 2023 2:00 PM

PLATTE COUNTY—Two people including a Manhattan man died in an accident just after 5p.m. Friday in Platte County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a 2015 Nissan Sentra driven by Samantha M. Hemke, 22, Lenexa, was southbound on Interstate 435 just north of the Kansas state line.

The Nissan rear-ended a 2002 Mazda Protege driven by Karin J. Breen, 57, Kansas City, Mo., who was traveling in reverse in the number one lane of the interstate.

Breen and a passenger in the Mazda identified as Studd F. Leach, 46, Manhattan, Kansas, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Northland Regional EMS transported Hemke to KU Medical Center. Breen was not wearing a seat belt, according to the MSHP.