Archive for Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cause of death after motorcycle wreck unknown

April 26, 2011

The cause of death is still unknown for a Bonner Springs man injured in an April 3 motorcycle accident south of Tonganoxie. He later died at an area hospital.

Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said Monday his department is awaiting a coroner’s report regarding Bret A. Clark, 48, Bonner Springs.

Clark was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred about 4 p.m. April 3 at U.S. Highway 24-40 and 243rd Street near Reno.

Clark was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital from the scene. He died April 11 at the hospital, according to notification from the coroner to the sheriff’s office. Death of anyone involved in an accident that occurs within 30 days of the wreck is considered to be accident-related, Cranor said, and is included as part of the investigation per state guidelines.

According to a Leavenworth County accident report, Clark was heading northeast on U.S. 24-40 on a curve to the east of 243rd Street when he lost control of the vehicle because of a bald rear tire and sand on the road. Clark lost control of the motorcycle, a 1998 Harley Davidson Road King, which went off the north side of the highway, flipped over and came to rest in the ditch, the report said.

A passenger, Lorie A. Reavis, 44, Tonganoxie, also was injured and taken to KU Hospital by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service. She at one time was listed in fair condition, but a hospital official said Monday she no longer was listed as a patient.

It initially was reported that Clark was a Tonganoxie resident, but he’s formerly of Tonganoxie. Sheriff’s officers reported

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