Man charged in Overland Park wreck makes first court appearance
A man accused of leaving the scene of a crash was allegedly seen speeding and “jockeying back and forth” with another car before hitting it, setting off a string of events that led to the deaths of two young men in Overland Park last month, court records said.
An affidavit obtained by The Star on Thursday offered additional details of what led to the Oct. 6 wreck that killed 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey and 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr.
The driver charged with leaving the scene days following the deadly crash has since been identified as Bradley E. Woodworth, 45, of Olathe.
It happened near the intersection of West 151st Street and Stearns Street.
A witness who was driving east on 151st Street before the crash told police he saw a dark-colored minivan and a Toyota Avalon coming up behind him. The two vehicles appeared to be speeding and “jockeying back and forth with each other,” court records said.
The witness said he moved his vehicle as far as he could to the right as the minivan and Avalon tried to pass him, creating a “three wide” scenario, court records said. That’s when the minivan and Avalon made contact, the witness said.
The Avalon, driven by Siebuhr, was seen spinning out of control and going over the median, taking out a tree and some bushes before entering the westbound lanes of 151st Street.
The Avalon then struck a westbound car on its driver’s side and it went sideways.
Another westbound vehicle, a white Suzuki Vitara driven by Bloskey, struck the Avalon on its passenger side, killing both drivers.
A fire started in the Avalon’s engine compartment, and citizens who stopped to help put out the flames with a fire extinguisher from a nearby home.
Witnesses reported to police they saw the minivan, allegedly driven by Woodworth, stopped on 151st Street for several seconds before it drove away, continuing east, court records said.
Two days after the crash, police found Woodworth inside the minivan, a Honda Odyssey, in Miami County.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony charge against Woodworth on Oct. 12, and his bond was set at $100,000.
He is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 6.