Local law enforcement investigates numerous accidents during Easter holiday

A Honda Odyssey van driven by Baeh Gill, 17, Osage City, left the roadway about a mile south of Osage City Sunday and ended up partially submerged in a pond.

Beginning early last Friday morning and through the Easter weekend, area law enforcement worked a number of injury accidents around Osage County. The Osage City Police Department and Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported the following accidents:

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A 1999 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Mark Smitha crashed into a ditch along Martin Street Friday.

At approximately 1 a.m. March 25, the Osage City Police Department located a vehicle in the ditch near south Martin Street and Safford Street. The investigation determined that Mark Smitha, 19, of Osage City, was traveling northbound on Martin Street, when his 1999 Oldsmobile Alero left east side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled along the ditch and vaulted over an entrance to Jones Park. The vehicle landed in another ditch and continued traveling until it struck the embankment at Safford Street. Smitha was the only occupant in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. He was transported by Osage County EMS to Stormont Vail Hospital.The vehicle was removed by Osage Trucking. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Osage County Fire District No. 2 and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

Around 3:14 p.m. March 25, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls of a rollover accident near on U.S. Highway 75 the Four Corners interchange at U.S. Highway 56. Jennifer Wheeler, Edmond, Okla., was driving a 2008 Ford EPT utility when she lost control and the vehicle rolled, ejecting her. Wheeler was transported by Lifestar helicopter ambulance in critical condition. The cause of the accident and Wheeler’s condition was not reported in a sheriff’s office press release. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Osage County Fire District No. 1 and Osage County EMS.

At 8:52 a.m. March 27, an injury accident about a mile east of Burlingame on U.S. 56 involving three adults and one child. A 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Danielle Beasterfeld, 22, Burlingame, lost control in the snow and struck an embankment. Brad Beasterfeld, 24, Emmett Besterfeld, 1, and Lonnie Reavis, 51, all of Burlingame, were transported by Osage County EMS to Topeka hospitals. The condition of victims was unknown at the time of the accident, but no one was reported to be critical condition. Osage County Fire District No. 6 assisted with the accident scene.

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Gerold Grandstaff was the only occupant of a pickup that struck a tree along Laing Street.

At approximately 8:55 a.m. March 27, the Osage City Police Department was dispatched to the 1300 block of Laing Street for a report of a vehicle striking a tree. Investigation determined that Gerold Grandstaff, 52, Osage City, was traveling east bound on Laing Street when his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle struck several mailboxes before crossing the roadway and striking a tree. Grandstaff was the only occupant in the vehicle and received minor injuries. He was transported by personal vehicle to Stormont Vail Hospital. The vehicle was removed by the Body Shop.

At 10:38 a.m. March 27, on state Highway 170, a Honda Odyssey van driven by Baeh Gill, 17, Osage City, left the roadway about a mile south of Osage City. The van crashed into a pond, where it was partially submerged in water. A passenger, Austin Metcalf, 18, Emporia, was located near the roadway. The sheriff’s office reported it was unknown whether Metcalf was ejected or climbed out of the vehicle for help. Gill was transported by Lifestar helicopter ambulance and Metcalf was transported by Osage County EMS to Topeka hospitals. Osage County Fire District No. 2 assisted in the accident.

Photos thanks to Osage City Police Department.

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