KU Grad Student Killed

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MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) _ Prosecutors charge a 25-year-old suspected drunken driver in the death of a University of Kansas graduate student who was hit while helping push a disabled vehicle.

Merriam police have not released the name of the student.

Steven Cummins, of Shawnee, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence shortly after the incident Saturday morning.

Police say the man and a friend were having car trouble and pushing the vehicle in the right hand lane when he was hit from behind by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck near Interstate 35 on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

The 23-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene. The other man in the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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