One driver involved in a deadly wreck on K-10 early Thursday morning never should have been on the road in the first place.
Cable barriers along K-10 near Kill Creek Road may have prevented the crash that killed a 20-year-old college student, but there are no guarantees. Now investigators are trying to determine why the crash happened in the first place.
"When you have a crossover this late at night it's usually a sleepy driver or alcohol's involved,"
While there's still no answer to what caused the wreck, state documents show some background on the driver who troopers say crossed the median on K-10, killing 20-year-old Robert Zevenbergen.
Missouri driving records show that 45-year-old Johnnie Royce Jackson shouldn't have been behind the wheel at all. Jackson, who was also killed in the terrible wreck, had a long history on both sides of the state line for drunk driving.
Jackson has had a suspended Missouri driver's license since 1990. Five of his suspensions are alcohol related, he's had two DWI convictions, three driving while suspended and three excess blood alcohol content convictions, among other things. Those convictions are just in Missouri.
Zevenbergen's family said they just aren't ready to talk.
It's still not known if cable barriers installed in the area could have saved Zevenbergen. The Kansas Department of Transportation released statistics that said after the barriers were installed along two 2-mile stretches of K-10 in 2012.
The totals do not include this week's deadly crossover crash, but the stats do show the cables made a difference. Over five years, three out of the four deadly crashes happened prior to the cable installation.
Zevenbergen was a popular and much-loved graduate of St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS. He was reportedly on his way to see a friend in Lawrence when he was hit.
KDOT said it costs about $250,000 per mile to install the barrier cables.
Click here to read the K-10 Motor Vehicle Accident Summary.
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