A 22-year-old Olathe woman has died following a wreck on southbound Interstate 35 and 119th Street.
The woman has been identified as Kendyl Walter.
The hit-and-run crash was reported about 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said Walter was driving a 2008 Chevy Cobalt. The second vehicle involved fled the scene, but troopers were able to track it down.
Shortly after the wreck, Walter got out of her vehicle for an unknown reason. While outside of the car, a 2013 Ford Transit Connect van hit the back of her car, causing it to spin, hit and kill her.
She died at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle that left the scene was arrested nearby and is the Johnson County Jail as of Friday night. The passenger in that vehicle was not arrested.
Walter was the mother of a toddler, and she would have turned 23 later this month.
“Steer your vehicle clear from the incident," suggested Floyd Bessard, Emergency Response Operator for MODOT. "Steer it to the right or to the nearest shoulder. Get off of the highway. Just get it over to the shoulder so that everybody’s safe, but if you can’t and you’re stranded and your vehicle is not operable and you’re stuck in that lane of traffic, stay in the vehicle. It’s the safest place for you; adds a little more cushion and a little more stability, a little more durability around you.”
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