Archive for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sheriff’s office awaiting report on cause of death for Bonner Springs man in wreck

April 27, 2011

The cause of death is still unknown for a Bonner Springs man injured in an April 3 motorcycle accident south of Tonganoxie who later died at an area hospital.

Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said Monday his department is awaiting a coroner’s report on Bret A. Clark, 48, Bonner Springs.

Clark was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred about 4 p.m. April 3 at U.S. Highway 24-40 and 243rd Street near Reno.

Clark was taken from the scene by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital. He died April 11 at the hospital. Death of anyone involved in an accident that occurs within 30 days of the wreck is considered to be accident-related, Cranor said, and is included as part of the investigation per state guidelines.

According to a Leavenworth County accident report, Clark was heading northeast on U.S. 24-40 on a curve to the east of 243rd Street when he lost control of the motorcycle because of a bald rear tire and sand on the road. The 1998 Harley Davidson Road King went off the north side of the highway, flipped over and came to rest in the ditch, the report said.

A passenger, Lorie A. Reavis, 44, Tonganoxie, also was injured and taken to KU Hospital by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service. She at one time was listed in fair condition, but a hospital official said Monday she no longer was listed as a patient.

Leavenworth Countt initially reported Clark was a Tonganoxie resident, but he’s formerly of Tonganoxie. Sheriff’s officers reported his city of residence based on driver’s license information.

Clark filed to run for Bonner Springs City Council in Ward II in January, but he withdrew from the race in March, stating he was moving away from the area.

Cranor said a coroner’s report could take about a month to complete.

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