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


US-50 east of Sunflower Rd.

Jeremy N. Salsbury, 45, Wichita, hit a deer at 1:25 p.m. April 13 with his 2017 Toyota Tundra.

Elijah Salsbury, 13, of the same address was a passenger.

The pickup sustained damage termed minor to its left rear.

US-50 west of Nighthawk Rd.

A wild turkey flew into the windshield of a 2022 Ford Explorer at 6:20 p.m. April 14.

The sport-utility vehicle, owned by Michelle L. Langston of Pratt and driven by Stacey L. Sanders, 53, Newton, sustained damage characterized as minor.


Alley behind Dale’s Supermarket

Adeline E. Kuckda, 95, Durham, backed her 2021 Honda CR-V out of a parking space at 11:15 a.m. Monday and into a parked 2010 Dodge MPV owned by Richard D. Allen, 72, rural Hillsboro.

The Honda’s left rear taillight and bumper and the Dodge’s right front door and mirror were damaged.

Salem Homes parking lot

Byron C. McCarty Jr., 76, Hillsboro, misjudged distances while parking at 4:08 p.m. Thursday and drove a 2013 Ford Explorer owned by Wendy S. McCarty of the same address into a parked 2016 Honda CR-V owned by Dakota L. Merkle, Wichita.

The Ford’s right front bumper and fender and the Honda’s left rear quarter panel were damaged.


Kellison and Roosevelt Sts.

Fifteen-year-old Elijah P. Klenda, driving on a farm permit with 13-year-old sibling Even, was blamed for, but not charged with, inattentive driving and failing to yield after his westbound 2008 Ford Focus was broadsided at 6:02 p.m. April 17 by a southbound 2011 Ford F-150 that had attempted to stop.

The Klendas’ car, owned by Andrea L. Klenda of the same address, sustained damage characterized as disabling to its front and rear passenger side doors.

The pickup, owned and driven by Andrew A. Strauser, 39, Marion, sustained damage characterized as minor to its front.

Slater’s report states that Strauser had seen the Focus traveling at a high rate of speed toward the intersection. When Strauser saw that the vehicle was not going to yield, the report said, he hit his brakes to avoid being struck. However, his pickup ended up striking the Focus, which according to diagrams was farther into the intersection than Strauser’s truck.

A witness following Strauser’s pickup recounted events similarly, Slater’s report states, and Elijah Klenda told Slater he hadn’t seen the pickup.

A single citation was issued. Code numbers indicate it was issued to Strauser for driving an unregistered vehicle. The report lists his pickup as having Pennsylvania plates that expired in 2022.

According to interim police chief Zach Hudlin, Slater thought failure to yield had contributed to the accident but didn’t meet requirements for a citation. The report listed Elijah Klenda as driving on a learner’s permit, but Hudlin said the code number indicating that was used in error because police could not determine how to code for a farm permit.

Marion ambulance was called to check all three people involved in the accident, but all were found to be uninjured.

Last modified April 25, 2024