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


K-15 north of 170th Rd.

Justin A. Kautz, 32, Wichita, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident after he drove his 1995 Nissan Frontier off the left side of rain-slicked K-15, through a ditch, and into a fence at 6:38 p.m. July 1, according to a report released Friday.

According to monitored transmissions, the pickup had been towing a jet ski, which overturned in the accident. The pickup itself sustained disabling damage to its front third and undercarriage and was towed.

Deputy Matt Regier came across the accident and searched along the highway before reaching Kautz by phone 44 minutes after the wreck, according to transmissions.

“He hung up on me pretty quick,” Regier told dispatchers.

His report, which listed damage to a fence owned by Donald and Constance Isaac, blamed the accident on rain and inattentive driving.

US-56/77/K-150 roundabout

Claiming to have been blinded by the sun at 7:30 a.m. July 11, a little more than an hour after sunrise, Craig A. Doty, 44, Wakita, Oklahoma, drove his northbound 2017 Dodge Journey into the passenger side of an eastbound 2018 Mazda CX3 driven by Ronald E. Palmer, 60, Galva, according to a report by deputy Kaylan Miles.

Vehicle owner Brenda A. Palmer, 61, of the same address was a passenger in the Mazda.

Both vehicles remained drivable, but the report appears to incorrectly list damage to Doty’s vehicle as occurring on the left front while damage to Palmer’s vehicle is listed as being to the passenger side.

Roosevelt St. south of Denver St., Marion

Skylar M. Thornbro, 22, Marion, hit a Eleanor W. Walls’s mailbox at 9:25 p.m. July 10 with Thornbro’s 1997 Buick Century.

Deputy Peyton Heidebrecht, who investigated the accident for the sheriff’s department because no Marion police were on duty, blamed the accident on inattentive driving. No tickets were issued.

Thornbro’s car sustained damage characterized as minor to its right front.

Main St. west of Eisenhower Dr., Marion

In another accident investigated by the sheriff’s department because no Marion police were on duty, Nicol R. Hardey, 42, Durham, was cited for driving with a suspended license after a fender-bender at 6:36 p.m. July 11.

According to deputy Peyton Heidebrecht’s report, Hardey did not see that Harold E. Stefan, 71, Marion, was signaling a right turn.

She attempted to drive her 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix around his 2018 GMC Canyon, apparently going to the right of his vehicle. The left front of her car hit the right front of his pickup, causing damage characterized as minor to both vehicles.

K-15 north of 340th Rd.

A 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was consumed by fire after hitting a deer at 9:14 p.m. Thursday.

Driver Kevin J. Kroupa, 50, and passengers Kimberly Kroupa, 43, and Kole Kroupa, 13, all of the same rural Marion address, escaped injury.

The sport-utility vehicle, owned by Kimberly Kroupa, sustained impact damage only to its left front.

According to monitored transmissions, it burst into flames after being pulled to the side of the road. Tampa and Durham firefighters reported that it was fully engulfed.

Remains of the vehicle were towed.

Deputy Peyton Heidebrecht’s report did not mention fire but did state that Kevin Kroupa’s driver’s license was expired. No tickets were issued, however.


500 block of S. Freeborn St.

As reported in the newspaper three weeks ago, Danny R. Peterson, 75, Burdick, briefly was trapped at 10:30 a.m. June 26 in a 2016 Toyota 4Runner that he drove into a walkway railing while attempting to park at St. Luke Medical Clinic.

According to a report released Friday, the sport-utility vehicle, owned by Jeffrey C. Peterson of the same address, sustained disabling damage to its front third and was towed.

No tickets were issued.

500 block of S. Freeborn St.

Less than an hour later, Jane M. Valentine, 63, Tampa, backed her 2013 Chevrolet Captiva, parked at 11:20 a.m. June 26 outside St. Luke, into a northbound 1976 Ford F-150 owned and driven by Kellen E. Waner, 16, Marion.

According to a report released Monday, damage to both vehicles — the left front of the pickup and the center rear of the sport-utility vehicle — was characterized as minor.

No tickets were issued.

100 block of N. 1st St.

A legally parked 2010 Ford Taurus owned by Paula M. Love, Lincolnville, was struck between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. June 29 by a hit-and-run driver, according to a report released Monday.

The car remained drivable despite damage to its left front and wheel.

Last modified July 19, 2023