Omaha woman jailed for deadly Kansas crash

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 8:28 AM CDT
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An Omaha woman is jailed, awaiting extradition to Kansas to face charges related to a traffic accident there last November in which three people were killed.

Maria Perez-Marquez, 49, was arrested in Omaha on Thursday. She was booked on a Jackson County, Kansas warrant for three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Carmen, Marlee and Stephen Ukele.

The Ukeles, of Sabetha, Kansas, were killed November 25, 2017 on Highway 75 north of Holton, on their way home from seeing their sons play in the state championship football game.

Authorities say Perez-Marquez was trying to pass another vehicle when she swerved into the shoulder and crashed into the Ukele's minivan.

Perez-Marquez also faces two counts of aggravated battery for injuring Carmen's husband, Lee Ukele and her passenger Rosalao Perez, as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

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