One person hospitalized in Topeka after 2-vehicle crash at S.W. 20th and Buchanan

One was person was transported to a local hospital Friday morning with non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash in central Topeka.


The crash was reported around 7:30 a.m. in the middle of the S.W. 20th and Buchanan intersection that doesn’t have any traffic signs.

Topeka Police officer Brian Chapman said the 17-year-old Hispanic male driving a grey Dodge Avenger was northbound on Buchanan while a grey Honda Accord was eastbound on 20th Street when the two vehicles collided in the intersection, causing the air bags in the Avenger to deploy.

The driver, Jennifer Lieurance, 20, a student at Washburn University, said she was driving east on 20th Street when she saw the driver of the Avenger approaching the intersection from what she thought was a safe distance from her. However, she said when she drove about 20 miles per hour through the intersection, the Avenger hit the passenger side of her vehicle “with full force,” spinning her around.

There was heavy front-end damage to the Avenger and significant damage to the passenger side of the Honda. Both vehicles were totaled.

Lieurance said she got out of her car immediately to see if the other driver was okay and called 9-1-1 when it appeared he was unconscious. Chapman said the driver was speaking with AMR staff while he was transported to the hospital.

Contact reporter Angela Deines at (785) 295-1143 or follow her on Twitter @AngelaDeines.