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Kansas Highway Patrol reports three fatal accidents over Memorial Day weekend

May 29, 2013

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The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three fatal accidents in Kansas during the Memorial Day weekend, and arrested 30 people for DUI offenses, according to a news release issued by the KHP.

The three deaths resulted from accidents in Hamilton, Crawford, and Johnson counties.

Early Monday in Overland Park, a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Jason M. Gearhart, 38, left the roadway while traveling on the northbound 75th Street exit of Interstate 35 about 1:30 a.m., according to the patrol. Gearhart was ejected from the motorcycle and killed.

In Hamilton County on Friday, a 19-year-old Larkspur woman was killed in a dune buggy accident.

On Saturday, in Crawford County, a 26-year-old Pittsburg man was killed in single-vehicle accident that also injured two other people in the car. The patrol said the accident was alcohol-related, and was among nine alcohol-related accidents the patrol reported across the state between 6 p.m. Friday and noon Monday. In a similar time period last year, the patrol reported two alcohol-related crashes and one death in an accident that was not alcohol-related.

Troopers also wrote 1,109 speeding tickets through the weekend and assisted 1,176 motorists. An accident in Ellsworth Kansas Tuesday morning that killed four people and injured a child was not among the crashes listed in the highway patrol's report.

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