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These accident reports were released this past week by law enforcement agencies:


I-70 in Geary County, 3 miles east of US-77

Sarah L. Dye, 38, Marion, was taken to Geary County Hospital after a three-car accident at 3:03 p.m. Saturday.

Two vehicles, including a 2012 Ford Fusion in which she was passenger, collided with a third car that was attempting an illegal U-turn.

The Ford’s driver, Patrick O. Dye, 47, also of Marion, suffered no apparent injury, nor did any of the occupants of the other vehicles.

The vehicle making the U-turn was a 2014 Ford Mustang driven by Robert S. Collins, 21, Sarona, Wisconsin. Javon E. Courtney, 23, Hollywood, Maryland, and Nicholas B. Johnson, 20, La Plata, Maryland, were passengers.

The other vehicle involved was a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstek driven by Leah B. Henderson, 43, Salina.


Xavier and 290th Rds.

Dante R. Smith, 18, rural Lincolnville, was taken to St. Luke Hospital, Marion, after his westbound 2006 Volkswagen Jetta was broadsided at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 9 by a northbound 2007 Ford F-150 owned and driven by Riley Janow, 17, also of rural Lincolnville.

Deputy Presley Mabe’s report says Janow ran a stop sign, but no ticket was issued.

Both the car and the pickup sustained extensive damage and were towed. A roadside junction box owned by Tri-County Telephone also was damaged.

170th and Timber Rds.

Michael A.J. Hendricks, 17, Florence, drove off the road to the left, through a ditch and fence, and 65 feet into a field while attempting to turn right at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 9 at a “T” intersection.

His westbound 2009 Chevrolet Impala, owned by William B. Clay of the same Florence address, sustained damaged termed disabling, but no tow truck was called.

Deputy Landis Goodman’s report blames the accident on inattentive driving, but no ticket was issued.

The damaged fence was listed as being owned by Timothy S. Summervill of rural Marion. A passenger identified only as Justin Webb was listed as a passenger at the time.

US-77 north of Wagon Wheel Rd.

Jatera D. Grayson, 25, Edmond, Oklahoma, hit a deer at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 10 with her 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, which sustained damage to its front end and hood and was towed.

US-50 west of Prairie Lawn Rd.

Teresa L. Zimmerman, 52, Valley Center, suffered possible injuries, was evaluated by ambulance attendants, but declined to be taken to a hospital after she hit two escaped cows at 8:22 p.m. Sept. 10 with her 2019 Toyota Corolla.

The car sustained extensive damage to its front, hood, windshield, top, and undercarriage and was listed as destroyed.

K-15 north of 280th Rd.

Vincent P. Olivier, 60, Harper, hit a deer at 6:50 a.m. Sept. 13 while driving a 2022 Toyota RAV4 owned by Cardinal Health, Wichita.

K-15 north of 140th Rd.

Carol M. Duerksen, 68, rural Hillsboro, hit a deer at 6:35 a.m. Thursday with her 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, damaging its right front but not requiring a tow truck.


Ash and D Sts.

A passenger was arrested on outstanding warrants and on suspicion of drug charges, and driver James R. Spohn, 23, Marion, was ticketed for rolling through a four-way stop sign and flashing light after a two-vehicle accident at 9:49 p.m. Saturday.

Spohn drove his eastbound 2016 Chevrolet Silverado into the side of a 2008 Ford Expedition that had stopped and was turning south. Surveillance video verified that Spohn had not stopped, according to officer Peyton Heidebrecht’s report.

The Ford, owned and driven by Rylee L. Yoder, 31, rural Peabody, sustained damage described as minor. Spohn’s pickup sustained front-end damage and was towed after one of its airbags deployed.

Hillsboro ambulance was called to check on Yoder, who told police she was 7½ months’ pregnant, and on three unidentified children riding in the back of her sport-utility vehicle. None were taken to a hospital.

Spohn told police that his girlfriend, Madelynn J. Matias, 20, of Bristol, Virginia, who in 2018 was the subject of a missing person investigation in Ottawa, Kansas, had left the scene to look to search for her cat, which had been in the pickup.

Matias later was located and arrested on two out-of-county warrants for failing to appear in court and on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a search at 10:36 p.m. in the 500 block of S. Main St. uncovered a gram of marijuana (enough for three “joints”) and two unspecified items of drug paraphernalia.

She was released from jail a day later after posting $8,500 in surety bonds.

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