Double tragedy for local family

As family and friends prepared for Randy Smith’s funeral, they were hit with another tragedy. Smith, 58, of Augusta, lost his life to cancer on Thursday. His daughter, Sara Smith, 23, was killed in a fiery car crash on Saturday night on Wichita’s East Kellogg.

Three women and their driver were killed in the accident, and a fourth woman is hospitalized. The latest police reports advise the driver may have suffered a medical condition, which led to the crash.

Plans for a joint funeral service for father and daughter were pending this morning with Headley Funeral Chapel in Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to help with funeral costs and may be left with Headley Funeral Chapel, or go to:


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