Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Accident reconstruction proceeding on schedule

February 17, 2005

The Kansas Highway Patrol has completed an investigation into the circumstances leading to a Dec. 2004 traffic accident that claimed the life of a local firefighter, but a department officer said he could not yet release the report's findings.

Trooper Kris Keberlein, who specializes in reconstructing accident scenes for the highway patrol, said he recently completed reconstruction of the Basehor accident which claimed the life of 19-year-old Jared Moore, a volunteer with the Fairmount Township Fire Department.

His investigation's findings have to be evaluated by a separate reconstruction specialist and the highway patrol's chain of command before it can be forwarded to the Leavenworth County District Attorney's Office.

"The report is in, it just has to go through the review process before it can go to the district attorney," Keberlein said. "I would anticipate sometime next week or the following week it will go to the D.A."

On Dec. 29, Moore was driving north on 155th Street in Basehor to the scene of a late night injury accident. When turning left onto Donahoo Road, Moore's vehicle was struck by a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department patrol car, driven by deputy Robert L. Peterman.

Until recently, Peterman had been on workman's compensation and administrative leave. He returned to light duty Friday morning, said Dave Zoellner, Leavenworth County Sheriff. Peterman is not yet back to patrolling, Zoellner said.

Zoellner said no decision would be made on Peterman's status with the department until the highway patrol has submitted its report to the district attorney's office, which will determine whether charges will be filed.

"We'll look at it internally and move on from there," Zoellner said.

Moore, the first Fairmount Township firefighter in nearly 30 years to be killed in the line of duty, was buried Jan. 1 in his native Harrison, Ark.

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