The calls came in from cellular phones from several motorists who either witnessed the crash or drove upon the crash.
Police say the initial investigation determined the Lincoln Navigator to have been traveling east the wrong way on the wrong side of the divided highway and hit the Geo Prizm, which had been traveling west in the right westbound lane, head-on.
Smoke was coming from the vehicles, although neither ignited. A motorist who stopped to assist had wrenched the passenger door open of the Geo open just prior to the officers’ arrival.
Police say the driver of the Geo, a 27 year old female, was pulled from the wreckage, but no vital signs could be detected. Emergency medical responders arrived as the female was removed from the car and pronounced her dead due to obvious mortal injuries.
The driver of the Lincoln sustained non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and further observation completed.
The driver of the Lincoln was released a few hours later, having been medically treated. She was immediately taken into custody. Evelyn E. Brooks, 38, was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on the following charges: 2nd Degree Murder, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Driving the Wrong Way, Transporting an Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage, Kansas Resident with Out of State Drivers License, and Kansas Resident with Out of State Vehicle Tag.
Brooks' drivers’ license is issued from the State of Florida and the Lincoln Navigator is registered with the State of Florida.
The driver of the red Geo Prizm has been identified as Cara S. Jackson, 27 of Topeka. Cara Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.