Archive for Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Local man killed in collision

July 18, 2007

A Sunday accident just east of Tonganoxie claimed the life of a 26-year-old Leavenworth man.

Garwin D. Kelly Jr. was riding his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle east on U.S. Highway 24-40, just east of the Tonganoxie city limits, when his bike collided with the trailer of a 1979 International truck, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

The truck, which was driven by 69-year-old Tonganoxie resident Lawrence L. Eiserman, was heading west on U.S. 24-40 when Eiserman turned left across the divided highway, south onto 206th Street.

The motorcycle collided with a wood chipper on the back of the trailer, causing the motorcycle to catch fire, according to KHP Lt. John Eichorn.

Kelly was riding with other motorcyclists when the accident occurred. They pulled him from the bike and put out a fire that had started on his clothes, Eichorn said. However, according to Eichorn, Kelly likely was killed on impact.

No citations were given at the scene, but the case is under review with Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl.

Deborah Owens of the County Attorney's Office said Monday that Kohl's office has not received complete reports about the accident. She said that a decision on whether to file charges would be made later this week.

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