Topeka man killed in crash in Douglas County

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A 26-year-old Topeka man was killed in a crash early Friday on Interstate 70 between Lawrence and Topeka in Douglas County.

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At 2:18 a.m. Friday, Nash McKnight was driving a Kia Optima westbound on I-70 near East 175 Road, according to a crash report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. That’s about 2 miles east of the Topeka service area.

McKnight’s vehicle sideswiped a Mercury Grand Marquis that was also westbound, according to the report.

McKnight’s vehicle overturned going off the roadway and struck a rock wall. He was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive, according to the report.

The Grand Marquis struck the barrier wall, but its driver, a 20-year-old Olathe man, had no apparent injuries, according to the crash report.

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