Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wreck kills cyclist

August 17, 2006

A motorcyclist was killed around 3:32 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, after his bike veered into an oncoming pick-up truck on Kansas Highway 5.

Leonid P. Sukher, 19, of Lenexa, lost control of his Yamaha motorcycle while traveling eastbound on K-5 1/4 mile east of 123rd Street.

According to a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office statement, Sukher was "traveling at speeds greater than the posted speed limit in an effort to hill jump," a maneuver where a motorcyclist attempts to ascend a hill with sufficient speed to become airborne.

Sukher lost control of his motorcycle as it regained contact with the ground, veered into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe pick-up truck.

Sukher, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries.

Lisa Amajure, of Fort Leavenworth, and her son were traveling in the Tahoe. Neither were injured.


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