Alayna L. Hutchison, 15 years old, of Topeka, was the driver found deceased at the scene of the fatality accident on NW Rochester Rd. Hutchison was a student enrolled at Seaman High School. The passenger, who was transported to Stormont Vail with serious injuries, is Jalen B. Heald, 16 years old, of Topeka. Heald is also enrolled at Seaman High School. The accident is still under investigation.
USD 345 Spokesperson Jeff Zehnder sent out the following statement.
One teen is dead, another injured after a car accident and sheriff’s deputies say the driver may have been speeding.
The crash happened in the 5200 block of Northwest Rochester in Shawnee County a little after 8 Sunday night.
After leaving the road… the car slammed into a tree and caught on fire.
After fire fighters put out the flames, they found the driver dead inside the vehicle.
The passenger was found outside the car, and has what deputies describes as non-life threatening injuries.
They don’t know if that person was thrown out by the force of the crash… or got out on their own.
Shawnee County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.