Location: Kansas

2008's Deadly Toll

This is an unofficial accounting of cyclists killed on Kansas roadways in 2008. The official statistics from the Kansas Department of Transportation will not be available for some time, and will likely be incomplete as well.

Here’s the deaths, according to my accounting:

  • 06-12-2008: 41-year-old Kevin Keller of Wichita was involved in a bicycle accident with an SUV on June 12th and died of his injuries on July 5th. [ read more ]

  • 06-28-2008: Douglas County sheriff’s deputy David Dillon was killed while riding a bicycle near Eudora, Kansas. The driver who killed Mr. Dillon admitted to not paying attention to the road, but was not charged. [ read more ]

  • 07-02-2008: Simon Malachi Smith, 4, of Winona died after being run over by a tractor-trailer truck. Even though the driver didn’t stop, the Sheriff refused to classify it as a hit-and-run. [ read more ]

  • 09-17-2008: In Wellington, 52-year-old Clifford Bradley died when his bicycle was struck by a car driven by a 16-year-old male. Police say the driver of the car said he didn’t see Bradley because the sun was in his eyes. [ read more ]

  • 10-29-2008: A man on a bicycle was killed by a tractor-trailer as he tried to cross Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kansas. [ read more ]

  • 12-30-2008: Ethan Rodenberg, 4, of Ulysses, was killed shortly after 6 p.m. when he was hit by a semi as he rode his bike near the intersection of San Jacinto Avenue and K-25 highway in Ulysses. [read more]

In addition, 23-year-old Alec Waggoner of Beloit, Kansas, was killed while riding his bike by an SUV in Syracuse, New York.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t catch them all. If you know of any other bicycling-related deaths in the state of Kansas during 2008, please let me know.

About The Author

By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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