4 killed in separate crashes on Monday on Kansas highways

A motorcycle rider was killed Monday morning after he was struck by car while attempting to pass a semi-trailer in Clay County in northeast Kansas. It was one of four fatality crashes Monday on Kansas highways. (Google Maps)

Four people lost their lives Monday in separate vehicle crashes across Kansas, authorities said.

 

Three of the fatalities involved semi trucks, while the fourth involved a motorcycle.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, all of the crashes occurred during the morning hours on Monday.

Here are summaries of the crashes, with information obtained from Kansas Highway Patrol online crash logs:

One person was killed and another person was injured in a head-on crash in southwest Kansas.

The collision was reported at 7:40 a.m. on US-56 highway, about a half-miles west of K-23 highway in Gray County.

The crash occurred when a 2006 Dodge pickup truck that was eastbound on US-56 entered the westbound lane of traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2017 Kenworth truck.

The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, Zachariah E. Hammond, 21, of Montezuma, was taken to Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, where he was pronounced dead. The patrol said Hammond wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Kenworth truck, Robert L. Hoskinson, 53, of Cimarron, was reported injured and also was taken to Western Plains Medical Complex. The patrol said Hoskinson wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

A motorcycle rider was killed after he was struck by a car while attempting to pass a semi-trailer in Clay County in northeast Kansas.

The crash was reported at 8:32 a.m. on K-15 highway, about 2 miles south of Clay Center.

The crash occurred when a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was southbound on K-15 attempted to pass a semi-trailer in a no-passing zone.

The rider laid the motorcycle down on the left side in the northbound lane, where he was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu.

The motorcycle rider, Scott Curtis, 43, of Auburn, Neb., was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol said Curtis wasn’t wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Megan Anne Gfeller, 31, of Wakefield, was reported uninjured. The patrol said Gfeller was wearing a seat belt.

An 87-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Crawford County in southeast Kansas.

The collision was reported at 8:38 a.m. at US-69 highway and 640th Avenue in Arma.

A 2002 Dodge pickup truck was eastbound on 640th Avenue when it failed to yield to a 2010 Peterbilt semi-trailer that was northbound on US-69 highway. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

The driver of the pickup truck, Fred F. Bogina, of Arma, was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol said Bogina wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Peterbilt semi, Justin Eddie Horner, 27, of Kingman, was reported possibly injured. The patrol said Horner was wearing a seat belt.

A Colorado man died after his pickup truck collided with a semi-trailer in southwest Kansas.

The crash occurred at 11:53 a.m. about 12 miles northwest of Johnson City in Stanton County when the driver of a 2014 Kenworth semi-trailer that was eastbound on County Road 4 failed to yield at a yield sign and his vehicle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck, Lance Turner, 51, of Walsh, Colo., was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol said Turner wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The semi driver, Osman Hernandez-Gonzales, 25, of Hugoton, was reported possibly injured and was taken to Stanton County Hospital in Johnson City. The patrol said Hernandez-Gonzales was wearing a seat belt.

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