PAOLA — Two people were killed and two others injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on 287th Street just north of Lake Miola.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 4:37 p.m. Saturday, June 15, according to a Miami County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Kelsey Lester, 18, of Paola was reportedly driving a 2008 Chevrolet HHR west on 287th Street north of Lake Miola when it left the roadway and struck a bridge pillar, according to the release.
Lester and another passenger were injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The other two occupants, Brandon Guilfoyle-Pace, 22, of Greeley and Jocelyn Razo, 17, of Osawatomie were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
Personnel from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County Emergency Medical Services and Paola Fire Department responded to the scene.
The accident is under investigation by the Miami County and Johnson County sheriff’s offices.
“Saturday I lost two very special people. My best friend and the love of my life,” Lester wrote on Facebook. “I survived the car accident, but sadly, they didn’t. Jocelyn was such a sweet soul and caring person who loved everyone. Just the way Brandon looked at me made me feel good, he always treated me like a princess. I will love and miss you guys very very much my loves. I am forever broken.”
Friends and family members held a vigil at the crash site Monday afternoon.