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  • Recently Retired CA HWY PAT Sergeant Killed In KS Accident

    If there is a KHP membr on the boards, would you check to see what the autopsy disclosed and PM me. Please. From the article it sounds like he fell asleep or had a medical problem. He was on his way to visit his children in Iowa or Illinois.


    Retired CHP Sgt., Michael King, ID 11132, Killed in TC
    DOB: 5/30/1961 DOD: 8/6/2012 Date of Appointment: 5/24/1984 Date of Retirement: 6/29/2011

    News Story published by PrattTribune.com

    A California man was killed in a two-vehicle-accident Monday evening a mile southwest of Preston on K-61 near NE 90th Avenue.

    Michael King, 51 of Blythe, Calif., was northeast bound on K-61 towards Preston in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado when he crossed the centerline. Several witnesses said they had seen him cross the centerline from Pratt to the wreck site, said Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Jason Hoffman.

    When King crossed the centerline he sideswiped a 2006 Freightliner semi driven by Ricky Parks, 49 of Covington, Ga. Parks pulled to the right to try to avoid the accident but the Silverado crashed into the drivers side fender on the drivers side causing extensive damage to both vehicles on the drivers side.

    The semi skidded to a stop sideways across K-61 blocking the entire highway. The Silverado slid across the highway into the south ditch and came to a stop upright at the edge of a field.

    King was pronounced dead at the scene. Pratt County EMS transported Parks to Pratt Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Both men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

    The accident occurred just after 5 p.m. Because a commercial semi was involved in the accident, a special KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team conducted an extensive investigation of the crash and crash site.

    The investigation took several hours to complete. A portion of K-61 was closed while the investigation took place and traffic was routed around the crash site on county roads until the investigation was completed. The highway was closed about seven hours.

    The Kansas Highway Patrol, Pratt County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Department of Transportation, Pratt County Rescue, Preston Firefighters, Pratt County EMS and Cannonball Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross all responded to the accident as well as CHART that is made up of various KHP officers, mostly from Troop I, the motor carrier unit, said Brian Walter, KHP central communications officer.

    A CHART investigation involves a very detailed mapping of the entire crash site that takes several hours. Any time a commercial vehicle is involved in a fatality accident in Kansas a CHART investigation is conducted, Walter said.

    Every commercial vehicle has a black box recorder similar to the ones on airplanes that records several parameters in the commercial vehicle. The special team retrieves the black box and incorporates the information into
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    That is so sad. We had a deputy retire, the first to retire under the KS Police & Fire retirement system from our office. He died of a heart attack the following day. Live every day as if it were your last. My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of the CHP Sgt.


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      I see you are new here. Necroposting is not considered good form. This thread is so old that the person who originated it (the one you responded to) is now deceased.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere


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