Archive for Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tonganoxie man killed in motorcycle accident

A car-motorcycle accident late Saturday morning claimed the life of a Tonganoxie man on U.S. Highway 24-40.

August 1, 2009


— A car-motorcycle accident late Saturday morning claimed the life of a Tonganoxie man on U.S. Highway 24-40.

Joseph C. Smith, 60, who was driving a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at a Tonganoxie intersection.

Just before 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Marsha E. Baker, 45, Altamont, was stopped at Ridge Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 in a 1998 Ford car. She then pulled onto U.S. Highway 24-40 and struck the side of Smith’s motorcycle, which was traveling east on U.S. 24-40, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report. Smith, who was thrown from the motorcycle, was wearing a helmet, according to a KHP official.

Smith was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was pronounced dead, the highway patrol report said.

Baker, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the crash.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

I went by while they were still cleaning up. It didn't look good. With all the entry points on that stretch of highway, it's no wonder that accidents like this are a regular occurrence.

igby 8 years, 10 months ago


What are the odds you come in proximity to a reckless driver in Lawrence, on any given dayor hour, just in a short trip to the grocery store?

It's 100%

For a cycle, it's 50/50, you get killed or injured!

TongieMom 8 years, 10 months ago

This intersection is extremely busy and dangerous, especially when making the left from Ridge to head West on 24/40. We drove by around 2pm and the investigation was still under way. It was evident from the quick glance as we drove by that there was a tragic end to this story.

Prayers to the family of Mr. Smith.

John Hamm 8 years, 10 months ago

Kill a biker Go to jail Not around here though!

kansasmutt 8 years, 10 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Joe. He had become a customer in our store. "For Gods sake people use some brain power while you drive" Bikes are out day and nite in full force. Look twice both ways and toss the cell phone out the window. R I P Joe.

mae 8 years, 10 months ago

you know, it doesn't help that most bikes are black and the riders wear all black. i know harley is the standard, but it seems to be always a slow-rider instead of a rocket that gets killed. go back to the seventies and tie dye orange. keep your headlights on at all times.

/rocketers do it themselves and usually don't hurt others in the process. //rip slow-rider, i like you guys around here

gsxr600 8 years, 10 months ago

This site has some motorcycle stats.

I thought all motorcycles past ~1974 make had to be equipped with drl (daytime running lights). I may be wrong.


puddleglum 8 years, 10 months ago

It is too bad for all involved. maybe all motorcycles should have flashing lights like a firetruck?

then they would be more visible. Or maybe people should be more respectful and aware of two-wheelers like motorcycles and cyclists?

wait, this almost sounds like the same ol' thread

tinafey 8 years, 10 months ago

This was an accident pure and simple.According to an eye witness, With all the construction in that area she did not see him coming . After looking both ways suddenly there he was and it was too late. As a CNA her immediate reaction was to perform CPR. After an ambulance and Life Flight arrived they took over. but they DID NOT take him by helicopter (as they should have) they DROVE him by ambulance PAST Providence Medical ALL THE WAY TO KU MEDICAL CTR! Why they did not use the helicopter to transport him I do not know. Maybe he could have survived. Our heartfelt earnest prayers are now for the family and friends of Mr Smith. Also for Marsha who now has to try to live with the consequences. Do you know they never even treated HER for any injuries? Please do not judge for you never know when YOU may be in the same situation. We ALL make mistakes that is the way of the world. We must forgive and pray for each other, to survive these things for no one is perfect! God Bless you all !

Trouble 8 years, 10 months ago

People just don't pay attention to motorcycles. They need to be more aware of their driving!! Get your heads out of your a## and watch what you are doing! The comment about most of the bikes are black and the riders wear black is a poor excuses for those of you that don't pay attention to how they drive!!

farva 8 years, 10 months ago

Tinafey is full of it--There is no road construction in that area and Helicopters (when available) always transport anyone with head injuries out of Leavenworth county, it is county policy. Turning west from Ridge onto 24-40 can be hard.....You are driving across the equivalent length of 4 lanes with no divider to reach the closest west bound lane. It's much busier than the Main street intersection, where they for some reason are installing a new traffic light. Hopefully they will take the one down next to Sonic when the Main street light is up...Tongie traffic is not heavy enough to need stoplights all through town.

badvolvo 8 years, 10 months ago

Joe was my neighbor, long term bike rider, great neighbor, we will miss him very much. in response to some postings: road construction is west of the accident site. traffic gets heavy enough it is hard to find a gap to pull out on the highway, espically crossing lanes. I have to do it daily, for the last 35 years. Speed limit should be lowered, as it is on the other side of town. With all the development there, why is the speed limit at 50-55-65 before you get out of town? Going west, It does not reach over 45 until you are well out of town.

None of this will help if drivers do not pay attention and quit talking on the phone or texting. I know most people think their petty calls are so important.. WTF

Joe's bike would have been hard to not see. but you have to look.

The woman who hit him may have to live with it, Joe had to die for it.

RIP my friend

gphawk89 8 years, 10 months ago

"bikers should realize they are engaged in a dangerous activity"

I think bikers DO realize this. We do all we can to avoid ignorant drivers' more-or less everyday attempts to hit us. But sometimes, if the timing is just right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) it's just impossible to avoid being hit. For me, today's close call was someone on cellphone in a white SUV merging into my lane on the interstate and forcing me into the next lane over.

SoozRQ 8 years, 10 months ago

Dose any one know who was laying on the pavement in the west bound lane it looked like a woman in shorts and a tshirt. But there is not news about that. ( I was back a ways across the street)

toughangel41 8 years ago

R.I.P Joe we will miss you my friend ... God be with the family and all his friends

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