Motorcyclist killed in Barton County crash
BARTON COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - A motorcyclist was sent into a ditch and killed in Barton County after colliding with a car that didn't see him while trying to turn.
On April 4, around 3 p.m. police responded to a car crash at the intersection of North US 281 and NE. 30th Rd. where witnesses said a motorcycle collided with a car.
When police got to the scene they found the motorcyclist in the east ditch suffering from severe injuries.
The investigation revealed that a black 2010 Mazda 3, which was being driven by 26-year-old Holly Crum of Great Bend, was going east on 30 Rd. approaching the intersection at 281. Crum then tried to make a left turn to go north on US 281 and didn't see a red 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle going south.
The motorcycle was being driven by 70-year-old Bernard Kruse of Hoisington and was going south US 281 when Crum turned into his lane.
Police say that other traffic was present at the time of the crash and may have obscured Crum’s view. Crum did not have a valid Kansas driver’s license at the time of the accident.
The Harley-Davidson hit the front left fender of the Mazda. Kruse was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the east ditch. Kruse was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Kruse was transported to UKHS Hospital in Great Bend and was later flown to a Wichita area hospital where he passed away on April 5. Crum and a passenger were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries and were later released.
The accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed.