Accident claims lives of three Sabetha residents

A Jackson County accident claimed the lives of three Sabetha residents this past Saturday evening.

At 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) responded to a two-vehicle accident 1/2 mile north of 318 Road on U.S. Highway 75.

According to the KHP, a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Maria Perez-Marquez, 48, of Omaha, Neb., was southbound on U.S. Highway 75, attempted to pass another vehicle and struck head-on a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan driven by Carmen Ukele, 42, of Sabetha, after both drivers swerved to the east shoulder to avoid colliding. Both vehicles came to rest on the east shoulder.

Perez-Marquez, along with her passenger Rosalao Perez, 29, of St. Joseph, Mo., were both airlifted by Life Star to KU Medical Center in Kansas City. The KHP listed both of them as disabled.

C. Ukele and two of her passengers – daughter Marlee Ukele, 11, and brother-in-law Stephen Ukele, 62, both of Sabetha – were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth passenger in C. Ukele’s minivan was her husband Lee Ukele, 59, of Sabetha. The KHP listed him as disabled, and he was airlifted by Life Star to KU Medical Center.

The KHP said Perez, C. Ukele, M. Ukele and S. Ukele all were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. It is unknown if L. Ukele and Perez-Marquez were wearing seatbelts.

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3 Comments

  • Patti Persell Reply

    November 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Such a tragic and sad happening. My prayers are for all the families and the people of Sabetha. My heart hurts for such a terrible loss. Patti (Arlie) Persell Topeka/ Bern.

  • Beverly spellmeier Reply

    November 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    So sad

  • Molly Beale Reply

    November 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I’m still so stunned about this! I didn’t know any of them well, but I know they will be missed by all in Sabetha. Many prayers for comfort and peace for the Baumgartner and Ukele families.

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