By Travis Mounts
An Arkansas couple with relatives in the area died in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
Winifred DeWayne “Wayne” Gardenhire, 61, and Rose Marie Gardenhire, 54, were killed in a rollover accident near 103rd Street South and Broadway, south of Haysville and east of Clearwater. A caller reported the accident to 911 around 1 a.m. Sunday. It was not immediately known if the caller witnessed the accident.
Both victims were transported by EagleMed to Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis where they were pronounced dead.
The couple resided in Hattiesville, Ark., and had family in the Clearwater and Conway Springs area.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing. A spokesperson for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department said there was no evidence of a second vehicle being involved in the accident and that it was too early to speculate on the cause of the accident. The vehicle was eastbound on 103rd Street when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled. The occupants were ejected. It appeared neither occupant was wearing a safety restraint.
A fund has been set up to help the family. Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/wayneandmarie.