Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

Investigators to reconstruct accident scene

January 13, 2005

A Kansas Highway Patrol unit that specializes in reconstructing accident scenes for investigations has not yet submitted its final report on a Dec. 2004 traffic accident that resulted in the death of a local firefighter.

Highway Patrol officials said this week they had no new information to reveal concerning the Dec. 29 accident that claimed the life of 19-year-old Jared Moore, a volunteer with the Fairmount Township Fire Department. While on his way to the scene of a late night injury accident, Moore's vehicle was struck from behind by a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department police cruiser.

Trooper Kris Keberlein, who specializes in reconstructing accident scenes for the highway patrol, said an investigation team dubbed CHART (Critical Highway Accident Response Team) would soon reconstruct the accident as part of its probe into the fatality. The reconstruction has not yet occurred and a final report might not be submitted for another 30 to 90 days.

"It's kind of an in-depth endeavor," Keberlein said. "It's a process and something that's done carefully so we can reach the right conclusion."

Although highway patrol investigation reports are due no later than 10 working days after the accident occurred, the CHART team has not yet been able to determine the cause of the accident because the highway patrol has been backlogged by a plethora of accidents stemming from last week's ice storms, said Trooper Howard Dickinson, a highway patrol spokesperson.

Keberlein said once the investigation has been completed, a report will be presented to the Leavenworth County District Attorney, who will make a determination on whether charges will be filed in the case.

Sheriff's department deputy Robert L. Peterman was driving his police cruiser behind Moore on 155th Street Dec. 29. Both men were called to an injury accident at 155th Street and Donahoo Road, a few miles north of Basehor. When turning left onto Donahoo Road, Moore's vehicle was struck by Peterman's.

Sheriff's department officials said Peterman is recovering from injuries and remains on medical leave. Moore, the first Fairmount Township firefighter in nearly 30 years to be killed while in the line of duty, was buried Jan. 1.

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