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Salina Bicyclist Identified, Search For Killer Continues

Bicyclist Killed In Salina 2013-05-31. Photo courtesy KCWH.The bicyclist killed in Salina this morning has been identified as Gail Lynne Kline, 49, of Delphos, KS. Police are still searching for the vehicle and driver who killed her.

From KWCH:

The victim has been identified at 49-year-old Gail Kline, of Delphos. She was participating in a sanctioned bike ride named Kandango Ride. Investigators said she was wearing a helmet. An autopsy is underway to determine a cause of death.

From KSAL:

Bicyclist Killed In Salina 2013-05-31 - Van. Photo courtesy KCWH.The search continues for a suspect vehicle in a fatal hit an run.

According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, 8:00 AM-8:46 AM there was a fatality accident that occurred in the 3500 blk of West Crawford, between Halstead Road and Burma Road.

A bike rider, 49-year-old Gail Lynne Kline was struck while riding her bike West bound on West Crawford. She was found lying in the North ditch by a passerby.

Kline was participating in a sanctioned bike ride named Kandango Ride.

Evidence was found at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle is a 2000-2002 Chevy or GMC van (1500, 2500, 3500 series).

Cause of death has not been determined yet. Autopsy is being performed at a later time.

Note that police originally suspected the vehicle was a 2001 Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck, but are now looking for a 2000 to 2002 Chevy or GMC van, 1500, 2500, 3500 series, with possible damage to the right front turn signal lens and will be missing an antenna.

The picture shown is not the suspect vehicle, but is provided for visual reference. Vehicle color is unknown.

Anyone with information should call the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (785-826-6500), call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit the Salina Police Department’s web site and follow the “Crimestoppers” link to submit a web tip.

You may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you are not required to give your name.

See also: Bicyclist Killed In Salina, Police Search For Hit-and-Run Driver

Gail was riding in the inaugural Kandango tour, which started this morning, and was scheduled to be a three-day bicycle tour through the Smoky and Flint Hills, ending in Abilene. I do not know the status of rest of the tour…

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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]

2 responses to “Salina Bicyclist Identified, Search For Killer Continues”

  1. John Puhak says:

    I was on the ride with Gail. Our thoughts are with her family.

    The tour was suspended.

  2. Randy Rasa says:

    Thought that might be the case. Probably the only thing to do under the circumstances. Thanks, John.