Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Driver cited following accident

August 29, 2001

A driver who walked away from the scene of a two-car collision Friday afternoon received two citations from the Tonganoxie Police Department.

Anthony Ayalla, 38, Kansas City, Mo., was ticketed for driving with a suspended license and for having no proof of insurance. Other charges may be coming, said Ken Carpenter, Tonganoxie police chief.

About 1:30 p.m., Ayalla, who was driving a Mazda with a Wyandotte County license plate, rear-ended a GMC driven by Jennifer Pine, Tonganoxie, at the intersection of U.S. 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16.

Pine was not injured.

"I had a green light and was waiting to turn left when he came down the hill and hit me from behind," Pine said.

Pine was driving a GMC sport utility vehicle and wearing a seatbelt. Both drivers got out of their cars, she said.

"He patted me on the shoulder and told me he was sorry," Pine said. "He said he was going to go somewhere and make a phone call, and I told him he could use my cell phone."

But he walked away, she said.

"I called 911 on the cell phone and he took off," she said.

Carpenter said Sgt. John Putthoff and other officers found the man about 10 minutes later near Tonganoxie Elementary School, about two blocks away.

Carpenter said officers took a photo of the man and fingerprinted him at the scene.

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