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Search continues for driver

October 23, 2003

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding a vehicle accident claiming the life of a Basehor man is continuing, said Maj. Dave Zoellner of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.

At approximately 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, Kevin Swope, 22, Basehor, was driving west on Kansas Highway 32. As he attempted to turn left onto 166th Street, on oncoming eastbound truck struck Swope's car.

The young man and father of a six-month old son died the following day as result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the truck that struck Swope's vehicle fled the scene; police searched the area around the accident and could not locate the driver. Deputies have identified the vehicle's owner but have not located that person yet, Zoellner said this week.

"We've yet to make contact and interview the driver of the other vehicle," the major said.

"It's not by our choice," Zoellner said. "Obviously, we're looking for the driver but as of now, the only thing we have to go on is who the vehicle is registered too."

The investigation into the accident continued this week and as per most investigations, the scope of information released to the public is limited until the case is closed.

It is still too early in the case to assign blame for the accident and any possible charges against the truck's driver will be determined upon a review of the investigation's findings, Zoellner said.

The sheriff's department is intent on locating the driver and interviewing that person to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the accident.

"We want to sit down and interview that person," Zoellner said. "We're not going to let it go by the wayside."

Swope, a Basehor native, is a 2000 graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School. He worked in the parts department at Bonner Springs Ford. Visitation services took place last week.

Anyone with information concerning the accident should contact the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department at (913) 724-1313.

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