Driver Charged In Deadly K-18 Collision

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Kansas State University student is facing charges in connection with a crash that claimed the lives of two people on K-18 and left several others injured.

Miles Theurer, 24, was arrested at the Riley County Police Department Thursday, September 20, 2012 just before 2 PM on a Riley County District Court warrant charging him with two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, two counts of Aggravated Battery and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI).

His arrest stems from an accident on Monday, May 14, 2012 on K-18 near Scenic Drive in Riley County, two miles west of the city limits of Manhattan. Due to road construction on the highway, traffic has been reduced to two lanes with opposing traffic traveling directly next to each other.

The crash involved two cars- a 2003 Chevy Silverado which was occupied by four people and driven by Theurer and a 2001 Buick LeSabre which was occupied by a couple- 31-year-old Elizabeth Young from White City, Kansas (the driver) and 32-year-old Michael Stanley from Ogden.

Troopers say around 3 AM that morning, Theurer's Chevy Silverado truck crossed over the center line and was going the wrong way eastbound in the westbound lanes of K-18. He ended up striking Young's car (that was going west on K-18) head on. Young and Stanley died at the scene and Theurer has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in each of their deaths. The warrant states that Theurer "unintentionally killed" the couple while operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

Theurer, along with three other passengers in his truck, were taken to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan with injuries after the crash. Kansas Highway Patrol officials said all of the men were Kansas State University students. Two of the passengers were later transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka with serious injuries. Theurer's Aggravated Battery charges stem from the injuries Lance Schmidt and Andrew Mason received. The warrant says Theurer "caused great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement" to the two passengers.

Troopers reconstructed the accident scene during their investigation and once the reports and tests were complete, they presented their findings to the Riley County Attorney's Office, resulting in the warrant and Theurer's arrest four months later.

His bond was set at $50,000 and police records indicate that he is out of jail on bond as he waits for the case to proceed in the Riley County court system.

Kansas State University's website lists Theurer as a graduate PhD student in Veterinary Medicine. Officials said the other three men in the truck with him were also students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Theurer's permanent address is listed in Wellington, Kansas but arrest records list a local address for him in Manhattan. A booking photo from the Riley County Jail is not available as it is the Riley County Police Department's policy not to release mug shots.


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