Marion teens recovering from accident

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Three Marion teens involved in a one-vehicle accident Saturday evening are expected to make full recoveries.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Robyn R. Kukuk, 17, was driving a 1999 Dodge Stratus in a 55-mph zone northbound on Sunflower, when she lost control of the vehicle and it entered a ditch along the west side of the road.

Passengers in the vehicle were Alyssa P. Seacat, 15, and Toni J. Gordon, 16. All attend Marion High School.

The accident occurred about 400 feet south of the intersection of 240th and Sunflower, according to Undersheriff Randal Brazil, who arrived on the scene with Deputy Josh Whitwell.

The vehicle turned over at least one time.

“There weren’t any environmental problems or anything like that-just (driving) too fast and no seat belts,” Brazil said about the cause of the accident.

“Fifty-five is the speed limit, but sometimes 55 may be too fast-because there isn’t any reason why she should have lost control of it like that.”

Kukuk and Seacat were not wearing seat belts, according to Brazil. “They were the ones most seriously injured,” he said. “Toni wasn’t injured at all, because she had her seat belt on.”

All three teens were transported by Marion Ambulance to St. Luke Hospital. Gordon was released, and Kukuk was treated for a shoulder injury and released.

Seacat was flown by medical helicopter to Wichita.

Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker said Seacat was expected to recover from her injuries.

“I spoke to her father earlier today and given time, she’ll heal,” Becker said Monday.

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