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


US-56/77 at 6th St. in Lincolnville

A car and a pickup collided at 7:54 a.m. Nov. 10 after 15-year-old pickup driver Santiago H. Knepp attempted to pass 71-year-old car driver Duane W. Dittman, who had slowed to turn left.

Both drivers are from rural Lincolnville.

Neither Dittman’s 1998 Buick Park Avenue nor Knepp’s 1991 Dodge D350, owned by Matthew A. Knepp of the same address as its driver, were towed.

Deputy Derek L. Fetrow’s report blamed the teen driver for failing to yield and driving inattentively, but no tickets were issued.

US-56/77 south of 340th Rd.

Mario A. Sanchez Jr., 27, Wichita, was injured at 5:56 p.m. Nov. 12 but not taken to a hospital after a rental 2020 International tractor-trailer he was driving hit an unoccupied 2013 Toyota Highlander that had been left on the highway.

Both the semi, owned by Ryder Truck Rental of Miami, Florida, and the extensively damaged sport utility vehicle, owned by Kristine M. Parker of Andover, had to be towed.

No information was released regarding why the SUV had been left in the roadway. Deputy Matthew Regier’s report indicates that initial impact for both vehicles was the front hood, suggesting the SUV may have been in the wrong lane. No citations were issued.

US-56 east of Bison Rd.

Martin L. Benjamin, 62, McPherson, hit a deer at 1:58 a.m. Nov. 14 with this 2005 Chrysler Pacifica panel van.

Indigo Rd. north of 110th Rd.

Toby G. Penner, 21, Whitewater, hit a deer at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe owned by passenger Abigail R. Sechrist, 22, Hillsboro.

US-56/77 south of 340th Rd.

Kristine M. Parker, 40, Andover, hit a deer at 5:56 p.m. Nov. 14 with her 2013 Toyota Highlander, which was towed.

Two 16-year-old girls, Loren Parker of the same address and Macie Smith of Wichita, were passengers.

K-15 north of 90th Rd.

Two cars traveling in opposite directions were hit by the same deer at 6:08 p.m. Nov. 14.

Southbound driver Curtis L. Guhr, 44, Goessel, hit the deer with his 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

The deer’s carcass then was hit by a northbound 2009 Volkswagen Passat driven by Victor A. Mejias, 20, of Abilene and owned by Melissa I. Brown of Wichita. The Volkswagen, in which Bailey N. Saliger, 17, of a different Abilene address was riding, was towed.

US-50 west of Nighthawk Rd.

Chris A. Shipley, 53, Derby, hit a deer at 6:43 a.m. Nov. 15 with his 2019 Ford Fusion.

US-50 east of Timber Rd.

Larry G. Stephenson, 53, Woodstock, Georgia, hit a deer at 6:35 a.m. Nov. 16 with his 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which was towed.

US-56 east of Ridge Rd.

A 2015 Toyota Corolla driven by Brady M. Phillips, 24, Hutchinson, crossed a centerline at 7:55 a.m. No. 16 and sideswiped a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado owned and driven by Ronald L. Kristek, 60, rural Lincolnville.

Deputy Travis Wilson’s report blamed the accident on distracted driving and inattentiveness by Phillips, but no tickets were issued.

The Corolla is owned by Albert L. Hitz of Pratt.


US-56 at Timber Rd.

Marion resident Edwin E. Peters, whose address and age were not included by police on the public record of his accident, hit a deer at 6:15 a.m. Nov. 15 with his 2014 Dodge Caravan.


US-56 at Orchard Dr.

Lester A. Schaffer, 47, Hillsboro, turned too soon for Orchard Dr. at 6:35 p.m. Nov. 17, went into a ditch 20 feet before reaching the intersection, and hit a concrete culvert with his 2012 Buick LaCrosse, which had to be towed.

Officer Randal Brazil’s report blamed the accident on inattentive driving, but no tickets were issued.

Last modified Nov. 24, 2021