Archive for Friday, December 12, 2008

Bonner Springs woman killed in accident in construction zone on U.S. Highway 24-40

December 12, 2008, 11:37 a.m. Updated December 12, 2008, 2:48 p.m.


— The wife of Leavenworth County Commissioner-elect John Flower died Thursday night in a construction zone traffic accident on U.S. Highway 24-40, east of Basehor.

Diana Marie Flower, 62, Bonner Springs, had died by the time officers arrived after the van she was driving west on U.S. 24-40 crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a grain truck head-on, said Howard Dickinson, technical trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“She had been out shopping and was coming home and somehow got in the wrong lane, and they collided,” John Flower said at his home Friday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred at 8:21 p.m. Thursday in a construction zone just west of 142nd Street in Kansas City, Kan. The accident site is west of Kansas Highway 7.

The driver of the truck, Danny E. Hall, 51, La Plata, Mo., suffered unspecified injuries but was not taken to a hospital. Dickinson said both vehicles were traveling about 45 mph when the accident occurred.

“(Hall) was attempting to evade her, but he had nowhere to go,” Dickinson said. “There was a tremendous amount of damage done to both vehicles.”

Dickinson said Hall was wearing his seat belt, and Flower, who was paralyzed from the chest down because she had multiple sclerosis, was restrained in her handicapped-equipped van.

John Flower was with his family at his home Friday. He said his wife’s disability never slowed her down. “She was an excellent driver with her hands,” he said. “She did anything she wanted and went wherever she wanted to go.”

John Flower said his wife’s death came just months after his son-in-law died in a climbing accident in Colorado and days before the couple would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Dec. 20.

“She was a strong, compassionate and loving woman,” John Flower said about Diana. “The only thing she ever wanted was to be good to her kids and her husband.“

Construction to replace the bridge on K-7 and U.S. 24-40, as well as new interchanges for the intersection, began in March. Dickinson said there have not been many accidents reported along the stretch of highway where Thursday’s crash occurred and to his knowledge, this was the only fatality.


ralphralph 9 years, 4 months ago

Darn kids!They need to raise the driving age to 63!

perryproud 9 years, 4 months ago

ralphralph, you should be ashamed of yourself for making a joke about someone who lost their life tragically.

TongieMom 9 years, 4 months ago

It's a tight ride along that stretch of 24-40 with the construction, especially at night.Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

Ross Boelling 9 years, 4 months ago

I agree TongieMom... When they opened 142nd street, and the two turn lanes, there is no signage telling you to keep right unless turning. I can see how someone could (especially at night in rain) think they were back to four lanes, pull into the turn lane and suddenly find themselves going wb in the eb lane... Hopefully they'll improve the signage... and better yet open the road!

buckethead 9 years, 4 months ago

ive driven this strech of road since the construction has started and its very confusing. its not very well lit and as we can see very dangerous. my thoughts go to this family

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