Lawrence man dies after head-on crash in Topeka

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A Lawrence man has died after a head-on crash Sunday morning in Topeka, according to the Topeka Police Department.

David Neely, 76, was taken to the hospital in critical condition following the crash, which occurred around 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the westbound lanes of Northeast River Road just north of the Sardou Bridge, according to a news release from TPD.

Both drivers had been taken to local hospitals for treatment, but Neely did not survive.

“The TPD Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the circumstances that led up to the fatality crash,” according to the release.

“Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to email or contact the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400,” according to the release. “Anonymous tips can be made by calling Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007. You can also make anonymous tips online at”

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