Kansas City, Kan. girl was killed Sunday in one-vehicle fatality

A 9-year-old girl killed in a one-vehicle, rollover accident Sunday was identified by authorities as Melanie Ayerim-Macias of Kansas City, Kan.

The crash happened at 6:27 p.m. on Interstate 70 near Odessa at the 36.4-mile marker.

Four other occupants of the 2001 Nissan Maxima also were injured. The Maxima was westbound on I-70 when the 33-year-old driver lost control and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. It returned to the right shoulder and overturned several times, ejecting Melanie and a 6-year-old girl, before landing in a ditch.

Melanie and the 6-year-old were not wearing seat belts, according to the accident report.

Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com