SALINA (AP/KSNT) — The Kansas Highway Patrol reported three people dead and one injured — including a central Kansas pastor and his 10-year-old daughter — in a head-on crash on Interstate 135 near Salina.
Troopers arrived on scene around 1:30 p.m. Sunday eight miles south of Salina to find a pickup truck that crossed over the median of I-135 and crashed into another truck traveling south, according to a report.
Medical personnel pronounced the driver of the oncoming vehicle, 24-year-old Christopher Giroux, the driver of the second truck, 39-year-old Phillip Hett and his 10-year-old daughter Abigail dead on scene.
KAKE reported that Phillip Hett was a pastor at a Lindsborg nursing home.
In a Facebook post The Bethany Village announced Hett and his daughter’s death with “great sadness.”
“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of our beloved Pastor Phillip Hett. He and his daughters were involved in a collision today, Sunday, May 30, 2021. Phil and Abigail did not survive the accident, and daughter Jillian is in Wesley Medical Center. Please keep their family in your prayers and hold one another close as we all come to terms with this tragedy.“The Bethany Village
In the social media post the pastor is described as a “…a truly wonderful man and a servant of the Lord.”
“While there are no words for a time like this, let us all be grateful for having known this family, for the joy they brought into our lives, and for the caring they demonstrated toward others.”The Bethany Village
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Giroux was not wearing a seat belt.
EMS transported Hett’s 13-year-old daughter to a local hospital with serious injuries.