Manhattan Woman Seriously Injured In Head-On Collision

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan woman is in serious condition at a Wichita hospital with injuries she received in what police say was a DUI accident caused by a Kansas State University student.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 6:39 PM, officers were called to the 800 block of Bluemont Avenue for an injury accident involving several cars.

Officials say 18-year-old Corey Monley was behind the wheel of his 1994 Honda Accord when he side-swiped another Honda Accord near 8th Street and went into oncoming traffic, striking a Nissan Versa head-on.

Stephanie Mendoza, 19, was the driver of the Versa. She received minor injuries and refused medical treatment but two of the passengers inside her car were taken to the hospital. Reports indicate that 26-year-old Jeanette Galan was a front seat passenger and two-year-old Bella Lara was in the back seat. Police list the same home address in Manhattan for Galan and the child but officials could not confirm their relationship.

They were transported to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. Bella Lara’s injuries were listed as “non-incapacitating” but Jeanette Galan was airlifted to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita with what police say were significant neck and pelvic injuries. A spokeswoman for the hospital said Wednesday that Galan was listed in serious condition.

Corey Monley was arrested at the scene for Aggravated Battery, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol and Abusing Toxic Vapors (Huffing).

He is listed as a sophomore from Overland Park on K-State’s website.