Officials identify man killed and suspect involved in fatal SE Topeka crash

By Daniela Leon
WIBW - March 27, 2017

 

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Topeka Police say 35 year-old Jeremy Allen Gerhardt is the man who was killed in a fatal Saturday night crash.

TPD was called to the scene around 10:45 p.m. in the area of SE Indiana and SE 37th.

 

When officers arrived they saw Gerhardt’s white pickup truck had struck a bridge pillar and was on fire.

 

Police say bystanders pulled Gerhardt from the burning vehicle and officers began performing CPR, but Gerhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

It is unclear if he died from the crash or the fire.

 

Witnesses told police that Gerhardt had struck a 2007 Nissan Altima prior to hitting the bridge pillar. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene at the time but has been identified as 56 year-old Theresa Hooper.

Hooper is currently booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections for leaving the scene of an accident involving death.