Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2003

Basehor man dies as result of hit and run

October 16, 2003

A 22-year-old Basehor man died Thursday, Oct. 9 of injuries he received in a hit-and-run accident the day before.

Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies said Kevin Criswell Swope, Basehor, was driving west on Kansas Highway 32 at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday. As he attempted to turn left onto 166th Street, an oncoming eastbound truck struck Swope's car.

He died the following day as result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the truck fled; deputies have identified the vehicle's owner but have not located that person, authorities said.

"We are trying to track the owner down, which has been unsuccessful as of now," said Sgt. Charles Yates of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.

Police had not determined whether the truck's driver fled on foot or was picked up by another motorist. A foot search for the driver near the scene of the accident was unsuccessful, police said.

Deputies said an investigation into the accident is continuing. Charges against the truck's driver will be determined upon review of the investigation's findings, Yates said.

Swope, a Basehor native and 2000 graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School, leaves a six-month-old son, Kameron. He worked in the parts department at Bonner Springs Ford.

Visitation services took place the evening of Monday, Oct. 13 and numerous family members and friends packed into the Alden Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs the next day to pay their respects during the funeral.

He is buried at the Glenwood Cemetery in Basehor.

A memorial fund has been arranged for Kameron at First State Bank and Trust, 1106 N. 155th Street in Basehor.

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