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AFTERNOON ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE WOMAN DEAD

August 21, 1999

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An Oskaloosa woman was killed and her daughter critically injured in an accident Friday.

Afternoon traffic turned deadly Friday just west of Lawrence.

An Oskaloosa woman was killed when her car was struck after it went left of center around 3:50 p.m. Friday on Kansas Highway 10.

Linda Stalkfleet was pronounced dead at the scene, just yards north of where U.S. Highway 40 passes over K-10. Stalkfleet's daughter, Kylee Stalkfleet, 15, was flown to Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where she was in critical condition Friday night.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Timothy McCool said Stalkfleet had been northbound on K-10 in a blue 1994 Pontiac four-door when her vehicle crossed the center line. Charles Sedlock, 32, Lawrence, was driving south from N.R. Hamm Contractor of Perry in a white 1987 Ford four-door. Lt. Don Crowe of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said Sedlock saw the blue car go left of center and veered left of center himself to avoid it. Stalkfleet corrected and the two cars collided in the northbound lane, McCool said.

The Pontiac sustained massive damage and ended up in a ditch to the east of the highway. The Ford had heavy front-end damage but remained on the road in the northbound lane.

McCool said that Sedlock was wearing a seat belt; neither of the Stalkfleets had their seat belts on.

Sedlock was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition Friday night.

State troopers, sheriff's officials and emergency personnel were all on the scene of the fatality accident when a second wreck occurred nearby.

Sheriff's officials, some off-duty and some pulled from lake patrol, helped direct traffic around the fatal accident. Vehicles were detoured from K-10 via the U.S. 40 entrance ramps and back down onto K-10 via the U.S. 40 exit ramps. While traffic on U.S. 40 was stopped by sheriff's officers directing traffic through the detour area, Martha Garnica, Lawrence, drove east up the shoulder on U.S. 40 in a 1993 Toyota Camry past other stopped cars. At the east K-10 entrance ramp, Garnica broadsided a truck hauling a trailer with a backhoe on it.

The Toyota spun around and hit a guardrail on the north side of K-10, forcing the sheriff's official directing traffic to scramble out of the way.

"If he'd have stayed where he was at, he would been (hit)," Crowe said.

The second accident backed traffic up even more. Lt. Ken McGovern with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department estimated traffic was backed up for a quarter mile in both directions on U.S. 40, and it filled the entrance ramps from K-10.

"We keep the traffic moving as best as we can," McGovern said.

Ambulances pushed past stalled traffic to take Garnica to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was treated and released.

Crowe said the department doesn't normally have many problems while diverting traffic around accidents, but they aren't unheard of.

"Every now and then, somebody's not paying attention," he said. "People just need to pay full-time attention to their driving."

Both accidents where still under investigation Friday night.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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