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These traffic accidents were reported this past week by county law enforcement agencies:


120th Rd. east of K-15

Joshua Hiebert, 23, Marion, was accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants, refusing to submit to a preliminary breath test, and failing to report an accident after his 2012 Nissan Altima hit a utility pole and became stuck in a ditch at 1:41 a.m. May 21.

Hiebert’s blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.243, more than three times the legal limit and midway between the level at which a typical person begins experiencing blackouts and the level at which a typical person becomes unconscious.

US-56 at Industrial Rd., Marion

Two Herington residents were injured when their 2006 Chevy Malibu rear-ended a 2003 Ford F150 that had stopped at 1:25 p.m. May 24 to turn left toward Marion County Ace Hardware.

Driver Wallace Granzow, 90, and passenger Delores Granzow, 85, of the same address were taken to St. Luke Hospital by Marion County ambulances.

Pickup driver Ralph Klenda, 53, Lincolnville, was not reported injured.

Wallace Granzow was cited for allegedly following too closely.

US-77 north of 30th Rd.

Caitlyn Raysin, 24, Manhattan, hit a deer at 10:18 a.m. May 26 while she was driving a 2013 Chevy Impala owned by St. Francis Community Services, Salina

400 block of Broadway St., Burns

Linda Jarrott, 65, Colwich, broke a decorative steel wagon wheel owned by Kevin Bass, Burns, when she backed her 1999 Dodge Neon into a culvert at 4:18 p.m. May 27.

U.S.-50 west of 110th Rd.

Kelsey Todt, 23, Litchfield, New Hampshire, hit a deer with her 2007 Nissan Murano at 5:23 a.m. May 28. The airbag protecting passenger Brenda Mahon, 55, of the same address deployed, but she was uninjured.

US-50/77 roundabout

A 2007 Kia Optima driven by Lewis Furman, 67, Derby, and a 2015 Dodge Charger driven by Christopher Thornton, 21, Manhattan, collided at 6:25 p.m. May 28.

Sergeant Larry Starkey’s report said Furman had been inattentive and failed to yield, but no tickets were issued. Probably because of the relatively slow speeds dictated by the roundabout, no one was injured, and both cars could be driven away.

Indigo Rd. south of 170th Rd.

Scott Bartel, 50, rural Hillsboro, hit a cow with his 2008 Chrysler Aspen at 4:19 a.m. May 30.

The black cow, presumably hard to see at night, apparently had wandered into the road from the nearby farm of Lloyd Funk.

Bartel’s sport utility vehicle had to be towed.

290th Rd. west of Yarrow Rd.

Lori Smith, 47, Lincolnville, hit a deer with her 2011 Ford Edge at 5:55 a.m. May 30.

130th Rd. west of Quail Creek Rd.

The engine of a 1980 Ford XL owned by Alan Hett, 53, rural Marion, sustained extensive damage after catching fire while he was driving at 8:40 a.m. May 30.

US-56 at Jade/Industrial Rd., Hillsboro

Two Hillsboro residents were injured when their 2002 Honda CR-V, which had slowed to turn right at Hillsboro Community Hospital, was rear-ended by 1998 International semi at 9:27 a.m. May 30.

Driver Wesley Hiebert, 68, and passenger Deloris Hiebert, 67, of the same address were taken to HCH by county ambulances.

Semi driver Gary Davis, 25, Hillsboro was not taken to a hospital but was ticketed for allegedly following too closely.

Both the Hieberts’ car and the semi, owned by J.L. Unruh LLC of Newton, had to be towed.

US-50 at Pawnee Rd.

A 2012 GMC Acadia from Illinois and a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Peabody collided when the driver of the GMC attempted to pass the Jeep as its driver was attempting to turn left at 8:38 a.m. May 31.

The Jeep’s turn signals were on, but the drivers disagree as to what sort of turn was being signaled.

The passing driver, Christopher Gonzales, 48, Yorkville, Illinois, told a sheriff’s deputy the Jeep was signaling a right turn while Jeep driver Bruce Brewer, 61, Peabody, contended he was properly signaling a left turn.

No citations were issued, but deputy Derek Fetrow’s report listed inattentive driving by Gonzales as a contributing circumstance.

No injuries were reported, and both vehicles could be driven away.

Passengers in the GMC were listed as Michele Gonzales, 43, and children Seymone, 18; Sydney, 17; Sophia, 12; and Joshua, 8, all of the same address, and Andrew Kaczmarek, 17, of a different address in the same community.

US-77 south of 310th Rd.

Jocelyn Mattoon, 31, Bel Aire, hit a coyote with her 2012 Toyota Corolla at 2:21 p.m. May 31.


200 block of S. Cedar St.

While backing her 2011 Chevrolet pickup, Elaine K. Suderman, 74, Hillsboro, struck and damaged the mirror on an unoccupied 1999 Toyota Camry owned by Charissa Benda of Hillsboro at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of S. Cedar St. No injuries were reported.

900 block of E. D St.

Dorothy Conyers, Marion, reported that her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was struck and dented between noon and 2:45 p.m. May 27 in the Pizza Hut parking lot.

Last modified June 8, 2017