Man dies in crash during early morning police pursuit

QUENEMO, Kan. – A Roeland Park man was killed early this morning after being ejected from a pickup that crashed in Pomona during a vehicle pursuit that started in Quenemo.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Mario Calderon-Orozco, 29, of Roeland Park, Kan., was killed after being ejected from the 2003 Ford F150 that was being pursued by the Quenemo Police Department around 1 a.m. Sept. 22, 2016. KHP reported that Calderon-Orozco was one of four occupants in the pickup, with identity of the vehicle’s driver still under investigation.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported the pursuit began in Quenemo, traveled eastbound on state Highway 68 into Franklin County, and then into the Pomona city limit near Hoover Street, where the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled.

Deputies with the FCSO and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to assist, and two occupants were detained, according the FCSO report. KHP lists the other vehicle occupants as Rigoberto Valdovinos-Orozco, 32, of Kansas, who was disabled in the accident and transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital, Edwin Velarde-Estrada, 21, unknown hometown, uninjured, and Pedro Conde, 19, Kansas City, Kan., uninjured. None of the vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, KHP reported.

K-68 was closed for the investigation with traffic detoured around the scene. KHP is investigating the case.

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