Crash reported on Leavenworth Road

A crash was reported at 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, on northbound 71st Street and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

According to the trooper’s report, a 2019 Dodge Charger was pursuing a vehicle for felony charges, while a 2016 Dodge Charger was secondary in pursuit.

A metro city agency deployed stop sticks, and the first Dodge Charger made an evasive maneuver to the left to avoid them, the report stated. Ultimately the vehicle struck the stop sticks, causing it to turn sideways, the report stated.

The second Dodge Charger also made an evasive maneuver to the left to avoid the stop sticks, according to the report.

The second Dodge Charger then struck the first Dodge Charger in the left front and rear doors, the report stated. Both vehicles came to rest in a private lot.

The driver of the first Dodge Charger, a 23-year-old man from Tonganoxie, Kansas, had no apparent injury, the report stated.

The driver of the second Dodge Charger, a 26-year-old man from Leavenworth, Kansas, had a possible minor injury and was taken to the hospital, the report stated.

Medical certifier relied on symptoms in report of early COVID-19 death in Leavenworth County

by Sherman Smith, Kansas Reflector

Topeka — A medical certifier recently concluded COVID-19 contributed to a Jan. 9, 2020, death in Leavenworth County based on the person’s symptoms.

The case would be the first known death from COVID-19 anywhere in the United States, altering the understanding of where and when the virus first spread. Previously, the first known death from COVID-19 in Kansas was two months later, on March 11, 2020.

“The local medical certifier made the decision to amend the death certificate, months after the death, because the individual’s symptoms were similar to other COVID-19 death symptoms,” said Matt Lara, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “It is unclear — and seems unlikely given the early date of this death — that a COVID-19 test was administered to confirm the virus as the cause of death.”

Lara said KDHE doesn’t have information to evaluate the conclusion that COVID-19 was a factor in this case.

“However,” Lara said, “the determination made in this case isn’t just an outlier — it conflicts with all of the data we have on COVID cases in Kansas and the region at the time of the individual’s death.”

The revelation that deaths from the early days of the pandemic had been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database was first reported by the San Jose, California, Mercury News.

KDHE initially refused to provide basic information about the January 2020 death, then reversed course after Kansas Reflector and other news outlets reported on the situation. Kansas law prohibits the release of personally identifiable medical records, but KDHE has reported the dates and counties of COVID-19 deaths and cases throughout the pandemic.

COVID-19 has now killed 5,535 Kansans, including 37 deaths reported by KDHE between Monday and Wednesday. There were also 3,478 new cases and 101 new hospitalizations since Monday.

Nearly all of the new cases are attributed to the highly contagious delta variant, and nearly all of the new hospitalizations and deaths involve people who are not vaccinated. CDC numbers show 56.3% of eligible Kansans are fully vaccinated, and 67.1% have received at least one dose of the free, safe and effective vaccines.

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Fatal accident reported on I-70

A fatal accident was reported at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, on I-70 in Leavenworth County, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

A Jeep Liberty was westbound on I-70 east of the eastern terminal when, for an unknown reason, it traveled onto the shoulder, the trooper’s report stated.

The Jeep collided with the outside guardrail, then veered left and traveled across all westbound lanes, colliding with the inside barrier wall. The vehicle then overturned several times, ejecting the driver, according to the report.

The driver, Chelsie Faith Randel, 19, of Topeka, Kansas, died in the accident, according to the report.