Two-car accident claims life of Tampa woman

A Tampa woman was fatally injured Friday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and Eisenhower Street near Marion.

Catherine Hajek, 79, was transported by Lifeteam Great Bend to St. Luke Hospital in Marion, where she was pronounced dead.

Hajek was riding in a 2000 Mercury GMQ driven by her husband, Martin, 84, when it was struck on the passenger side by a 1993 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Nancy Perrin, 61, of McPherson.

Martin Hajek was transported to St. Luke Hospital by Marion ambulance and Perrin was transported by Hillsboro ambulance to St. Luke Hospital.

Perrin was eastbound on U.S. Highway 56 and Hajek was westbound on the same highway.

According to the Marion County Sheriff?s Department, Hajek turned south onto Eisenhower directly in front of Perrin.

Perrin reported she did not see a blinker indicating a left turn, and could not avoid hitting the Mercury.

Funeral arrangements for Catherine Hajek were made by Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Rosary was Aug. 25 and a funeral mass was Aug. 26, both at Holy Family Parish, Holy Redeemer Church of Tampa.

A lifetime resident of Tampa, Hajek was a member of Holy Family Parish, Holy Redeemer Church and was active in the Alter Society.

Her obituary appears on Page 3 of this issue.

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