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Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999

REPORT ON CRASH THAT KILLED KU STUDENT HITS ROADBLOCKS

September 19, 1999

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It will be months before the Kansas Highway Patrol issues a final report on the summer car crash that killed a KU sophomore.

Final reports on a wreck that killed a Kansas University sophomore who collided with a Kansas Bureau of Investigation truck are not expected for months, the Kansas Highway Patrol said Friday.

Ethan Lichti, 21, of Newton was killed July 10 when his car was struck head-on by a KBI truck driven by Special Agent Dana Moodie of Topeka.

In a preliminary report released a month ago, the Highway Patrol made the initial determination that the accident was caused by a tire blowing out on the KBI truck, causing Moodie, 44, to lose control of the vehicle.

The truck crossed the center line of a two-lane construction zone of Interstate 70 near the Alma/Wamego exit. The truck sideswiped one car and then struck Lichti's head-on.

Sgt. John Eichkorn, state public information officer for the Highway Patrol, said toxicological reports on blood samples for Moodie and the driver of the sideswiped vehicle would be added to the case file when they are completed and reviewed.

Under regular procedures, blood samples from those involved in an accident are sent to a KBI laboratory. Because a KBI agent was involved, the samples were sent to private labs.

A reconstruction report on the accident will not be available for months, Eichkorn said, because of the amount of work the reconstruction team has had to do on a number of fatal accidents around the state.

Highway Patrol investigators have asked for the maintenance record on the truck, which is used to haul equipment to and from KBI raids. Moodie was part of a team of agents returning from a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Phillips County.

The maintenance record will be part of the reconstruction report, Eichkorn said.

Eichkorn said that once the reconstruction report is completed, Highway Patrol attorneys will have to review it to determine whether it contains information that cannot be made public.

-- Erwin Seba's phone message number is 832-7145. His e-mail address is eseba@ljworld.com.

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