Alcohol believed to be a factor in Saturday morning K-10 fatality

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the fatality victim in a Saturday early morning K-10 accident as 23-year-old Ezequiel Gallardo-Moncalla of Kansas City.

Gallardo-Moncalla died after his Mazda 626, driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes on K-10 just west of Interstate 435, struck a Ford F150, driven by 28-year-old Olathe man Brian Ingalls.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol captain Dek Kruger, initial reports indicated Gallardo-Moncalla turned off of South Ridgeview Road onto the highway going the wrong direction and officers where unable to provide assistance before the crash occurred. Kruger said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.

Ingalls was transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said that Ingalls was in stable condition as of 1:15 p.m. Sunday, but could not release any other information.

By Shaun Hittle and Nick Nelson

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