Two Topekans killed in collision on K-4 in Shawnee Co.

(From Eric Ives/ Facebook Live at 5:05 p.m. 6/13) Two people are confirmed dead following a head-on collision on K-4 highway near NE 31st St.
Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 4:01 PM CDT
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SHAWNEE CO., Kan. (WIBW) - A collision on K-4 claimed the lives of both drivers.

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. Monday on K-4, just south of NE 31st St. near the Shawnee/Jefferson county line.

The Kansas Highway Patrol crash log states Thomas Mika, 61, was driving north on K-4 when his pickup went off the road. KHP says he overcorrected, came back on the highway, and crossed the center line, colliding with an oncoming SUV.

KHP says Mika was thrown from his pickup. Both he and the SUV’s driver, Gerald Counter, 73, of Topeka, were killed. A passenger in Counter’s vehicle, Daniel Starkweather, 58, of Hoyt, was taken to the hospital with injuries thought to be minor.

Authorities shut down K-4 between US-24 and NE 31st St. while they investigated. It reopened just after 7 p.m. Monday.

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