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Witness tried to warn police about erratic driver that killed 24-year-old in Miami County crash

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Two people are dead after a crash Monday morning on Kansas Highway 68 west of Louisburg. (Darla Hackney-Hines) Two people are dead after a crash Monday morning on Kansas Highway 68 west of Louisburg. (Darla Hackney-Hines)
The collision killed 24-year-old Tiffany Maimer of Paola. (Submitted) The collision killed 24-year-old Tiffany Maimer of Paola. (Submitted)
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Two people were killed after two cars hit head-on Monday morning west of Louisburg.

The collision killed 24-year-old Tiffany Maimer of Paola and 42-year-old Samuel Deal of Archie, MO.

Maimer was driving in Louisburg about 6:15 a.m. Monday when her car was struck head-on. People say Deal was all over the road, and they tried to warn police.

Darla Hines says she saw the car swerving minutes before it crashed, and she called 911 to report it. But as she followed the driver, her call was transferred and then transferred again.

“He was going over to shoulder in the right and then into the lane in the left and my son said you need to call 911,” she said.

Hines says she did everything she could to warn police.

“I was just praying to that he wasn't going to hit someone and kill somebody,” she said.

Hines followed that car and gave dispatchers a play-by-play.

“He took out a mailbox and then he almost rolled the car to the right and went off the side of the road,” she said.

Hines called 911.She spoke to a dispatcher in Cass County. But the car left that jurisdiction so it was transferred to the Missouri Highway Patrol, and then the car crossed into Kansas. So the call was transferred once again to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

That dispatcher told her someone from the Miami Sheriff’s Office would call her back

“I told my son something bad is going to happen. We were helpless. There was nothing we could do,” Hines said.

The car then crashed.

“Before you know it, we are staring straight at him, and we saw him go over hit this car head-on and both cars went straight up and back down,” Hines said. “I knew she was gone. We felt her pulse and put my hand on her chest. She didn't have a pulse. I just reached down and grabbed her hand squeezed in and said, ‘God bless you,’”

The road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. Troopers have not said if speed was a factor.

People who drive the stretch of Kansas Highway 68 between Louisburg and Paola say it is dangerous. 

“It’s a very unsafe road. People pass very quickly without paying attention to what is going on,” Kelsie Ray said. “I made sure my seatbelt was on before I left the driveway. I double checked three or four times before I even pulled out. It’s definitely an eye opener.”

Investigators with Kansas Highway Patrol say neither person was wearing their seatbelts. 

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