Archive for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Topeka man dies after fall from Jeep

June 5, 2012, 11:08 a.m. Updated June 5, 2012, 5:56 p.m.


A 43-year-old Topeka man died after he was injured Saturday evening in a fall from the back bumper of a Jeep on private property in northwestern Douglas County, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the man, Mark Coker, and an acquaintance were riding on the Jeep’s bumper about 8:10 p.m. in the 1800 block of East 56 Road. The location is north of U.S. Highway 40 and near Big Springs. Lewis said other passengers were in the Jeep.

The man was taken by ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, where he later died from his injuries, Lewis said. According to a obituary, Coker died Sunday from a severe head injury.

Lewis said sheriff’s officers are conducting an ongoing investigation into the accident.

According to the Shawnee Heights school district, Coker was a longtime district employee and most recently worked as a high school custodian and substitute bus driver.


Steve Swaggerty 5 years ago

Why wasn't he LIFE FLIGHTED? This seems MUCH MORE SERIOUS than the bump on the head the 4 year old had yesterday!! Just my opinion. I could be wrong.

asixbury 5 years ago

You obviously don't have a kid. Otherwise, you would understand why they would life-flight a 4 year old with a head injury. Perhaps the hospital this man was taken to has the ability to treat his injuries, whereas the hospital in Lawrence does not for young children with head injuries.

DillonBarnes 5 years ago

There are various reasons why the air ambulance may not fly or be chosen. Decisions are made on the fly by highly trained emergency personnel.

08Champs 5 years ago

You really need to reign it in - I'm sure you don't want to appear to be one of those posters that assumes they know all the facts about an event they didn't witness. And that they are cavalier about the well-being of a small child.

middlemgmt 5 years ago

You are wrong. Let the medics do their job. They know what needs life flight and what doesn't. Your continued comments regarding this are obnoxious.

middlemgmt 5 years ago

You are wrong. Let the medics do their job. They know what needs life flight and what doesn't. Your continued comments regarding this are obnoxious.

08Champs 5 years ago

You don't know what happened, so you can't judge whether anyone over reacted. If the hospital kept the boy for tests for 24 hours, then there were some medical concerns being addressed. And since it's not on your tab, let it go. If you need to end every post with "I could be wrong" then you probably are.

racerx 5 years ago

"If you need to end every post with 'I could be wrong' then you probably are."

LOL...classic! Touché my friend, Touché!

Topple 5 years ago

Didn't you read the rules before posting, superswagg? Opinions and conjecture are not allowed on LJW....unless it conforms to the mob.

Topple 5 years ago

Sorry, I forgot to insert links to the 400 articles with people blaming Koch Industries for everything from the great depression to nuclear armament in North Korea.

08Champs 5 years ago

One can only hope that an opinion is formed based on relevant information and accurate information. But I can see how the discussion of the transport of an injured child is "relevant" to the Koch postings......sure.

thatguyoverthere 5 years ago

I was listening to the radio during that call. The helicopter based in Lawrence was not in town and the next closest was too far out to be of use. It was quicker for them to just drive to Topeka since they were on the county line already.

marcirae18 5 years ago

I was listening to the radio at the time of this call and with the Lawrence Life Star not available it was a 40 minute eta for the next available helicopter! With an eta of 40 minutes from Kansas City and then another 40 minute helicopter back to Kansas City, the Paramedics thought it was faster for them to run emergency to the closest available trauma center in Topeka which is only 10-15 minutes away!

Also I am a parent of 2 children and the life flighting of that 4 year old with a possible head injury I would want the paramedics to do what ever they thought was best for my children! Obviously they thought their head injury was a little more serious than it was! Everyone needs to stop bad mouthing LDCFM for there decisions! Lawrence paramedics do an awesome job everyday! Keep up the good work LDCFM!!!!!!

JackMcKee 5 years ago

maybe try riding in a seat next time? at 46 you should have more sense.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

It's in the newspaper, Einstein.

parrothead8 5 years ago

I guess that makes it okay to make a snot-nosed remark about a dead man. Stay classy.

DillonBarnes 5 years ago

At the time of his post, the victim was reported as injured, not deceased.

DillonBarnes 5 years ago


Believing it is your business to tell someone else to mind their own business.

Topple 5 years ago

Hey, living on the edge. Beats dying of diabetic coma sitting in front of your television watching reality TV.

jerseygirlinks 5 years ago

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Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Maybe it was a farm vehicle taking workers out to the field and they didn't have room enough for everyone so two had to ride on the back bumper. I hope the man gets the treatment he needs. Could have been day workers.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

if that's the case there should be a nice settlement coming his way

Beth Bird 5 years ago

Not if he is an illegal immigrant....

ivalueamerica 5 years ago

your comment shows your ignorance and cruelty.

You know nothing about this man, who I went to High School with, and yet you feel free to use his death to make such remarks.

I suspect you are not a good person.

asixbury 5 years ago

All of these remarks were made before he died. I'm sure they would have had a different tone if they had known he would pass. It is a tragedy.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

I am a good person. I was trying to figure it out on the information I had at the time I wrote the comment. If it is private property large enough to drive around it must be a farm. To me a vehicle full of people in that situatiion conjures up images of workers on the way to or from work.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years ago

Seems the driver is more to blame. The guy on the bumper probably thought the driver would take it slow.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years ago

I noticed that a couple of particularly annoying posters showed up on these boards right around the time the grade schools let our for the summer. Just saying.

somedude20 5 years ago

46 is not a safe age to be these days. This dude biffed it at 46, that dude behind the Home Depot who was life flighted was 46. For any of you who are 46, they go in threes so be extra safe

gphawk89 5 years ago

Yikes, that's me. Some lady did try very hard (twice) to take me out while I was riding home from work last week. She failed - maybe I dodged the "46" bullet.

Topple 5 years ago

Unless you are trapped in 'Final Destination 14' where death will not simply give up it's claim on you! I'd avoid big rigs hauling logs and glass windows hanging from cranes.

Craig Krambeer 5 years ago

might want to update this he passed on sun. - his obituarie is in the topeka paper

Tony Kisner 5 years ago

Your advice was spot on just too late because the guy is dead.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Please disregard previous remark. It seemed sensible when I wrote it, now....not so much. I am sorry that he died from the accident. Like Pywacket said most of us done things that could have turned out very wrong. Peace to his family and friends.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Condolences. They changed his age to 43.

pace 5 years ago

I am sorry for the loss to his family and friends.

I would really appreciate editorial restraint , why use this forum for bizarre attacks when there is a report of a fatal accident?

Robert Rauktis 5 years ago

Hopefully people learn from real life, the province of legitimate news gathering, not well-wishing at a funeral home.

verity 5 years ago

Very sad loss---condolences to family and friends.

Maybe not the time to say this, but on the other hand---when?

Having grown up in the country, looking back I feel lucky to still be alive and in one piece due to some of the things that I did. I have lost a number of relatives and friends to accidents because people took chances that probably seemed innocent at the time. Others have lost body parts in completely preventable accidents.

Please---think before you do something that could end badly. Mostly it probably won't, but one day it will.

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