Sep 27, 2023

Kansas teen driver jailed after SUV sideswipes car

Posted Sep 27, 2023 12:00 AM
Castro-photo Brown Co.
Castro-photo Brown Co.

BROWN COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a teen driver for multiple allegations in connection with a weekend 2-vehicle crash.

Just before 11:30 p.m.  Sunday, a sheriff's deputy on routine patrol near U.S. 75 and U.S. 36 Highways encountered a vehicle driving with defective headlights and emitting sparks from the undercarriage, according to Brown County Sheriff John Merchant.

The eastbound a Toyota 4-Runner was stopped in  Fairview and appeared that it  had recently been involved in an accident. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and  made contact with the driver identified as 18-year-old Nixon Castro of Hiawatha. 

Approximately 2 minutes after the stop, dispatch then notified officers that a rollover accident was reported west of Fairview.  According to information received from investigating the accident,  a Toyota Yaris was eastbound on US 36  west of Fairview when a Toyota 4 Runner, also eastbound  side swiped the Yaris on the drivers side of the vehicle causing damage to both vehicles.

This caused the  Yaris to leave the roadway and roll .     The driver of the Yaris identified as 47-year-old Eduardo Ganzales was not injured but the two other occupants had non life threatening injuries. 

They refused medical treatment.   The Toyota 4 Runner  also left the roadway traveling through a soybean field and  destroyed some field fencing and  continued east on U.S. 36 until it was stopped by the deputy.   

There were no injuries reported in the Toyota 4 Runner.  The deputy arrested Castro  on requested charges of DUI, Transport Open Container, Reckless Driving and Failure to Report an Accident. He remains in custody, according to online jail records.