FRANKLIN COUNTY, KS. (THECOUNT) — Samuel Caldwell, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Kaitlen Riley, of Concordia, Kansas, have been identified as the victims of a Saturday two-vehicle crash in Franklin County.

Caldwell, 20, and 19-year-old Riley, were both killed in a two-vehicle crash near Ottawa early Saturday morning.


According to reports, Caldwell was operating a Jeep Patriot the wrong-way on Interstate 35 in Ottawa, when the vehicle then came into head-on contact with a Volkswagen Beetle, operated by Riley just after midnight Saturday.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the victims:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Franklin County is a county located in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 25,992. Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawa. The county is predominantly rural. Formerly it was a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, but was removed in 2013 – Wikipedia.