Woman charged in fatal crash that claimed Canton couple last year

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By Jessie Wagoner

McPherson News-Ledger


Almost a year has passed since a fatal crash on Highway 56 claimed the lives of Robert and Mary Unruh of Canton. Recently, Julie Hunter, 41, was arrested and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter-DUI in regard to their deaths.

In the complaint, filed by McPherson County Attorney Greg Benefiel, Hunter was charged with the two counts of involuntary manslaughter-DUI, one count of driving under the influence, one count of driving while suspended and one count of driving left of center. Involuntary manslaughter-DUI is a level four person felony, which can result in a sentence of 38 to 172 months imprisonment.

The crash, which occurred on Nov. 22, 2019, was investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders responded to the scene, including the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office, McPherson County EMS, Canton Fire and EMS and Galva Fire and EMS.

When responders arrived at the scene, they found the Unruhs deceased in their 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, which had been struck head on by Hunter in her 1999 Ford Taurus. Hunter was transported to the hospital with serious injuries at the time.

Hunter is scheduled to appear in McPherson County District Court for her first appearance at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.