Pedestrian dies after being struck by car on icy I-35 in Osage County Saturday evening

One pedestrian was killed and another injured after being struck by a car on Interstate 35 Saturday evening, as icy roads caused many accidents in the area during a short time period.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Robert Groh, 49, of Raymore, Mo., died after being hit by a 2001 Saturn driven by Taylor Walker, 24, Kalamazoo, Mich. KHP reported that about 5:45 p.m. Feb. 10, 2018, Walker was south bound on I-35 near mile 164.8 or 2.2 miles east of South Paulen Road, when the vehicle left the road due to ice and struck the two pedestrians and a 2005 Ford 2005 E150 parked in the median.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported the two pedestrians were struck while assisting with a rollover accident that had occurred around 5:40 p.m. at that location.

Walker and his passenger, Jeffrey Butler, 47, of San Diego, Calif., were uninjured in the accident, but the other pedestrian, Adam Balentine, 35 Judsonia, Ark., was taken to Coffey County Hospital with possible injuries. Groh was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported responding to four accidents in the area on Saturday evening.

As deputies were en route to a rollover accident at 5:40 p.m. around mile marker 164 on I-35, another rollover accident was discovered at mile marker 159. The sheriff’s office reported two subjects were injured and transported by ambulance from that accident.

As deputies worked the rollover accident at mile marker 164, from which one injured subject was transported, the vehicle hit the pedestrians, who were assisting at the scene.

Then around 7 p.m. at mile marker 162, a semi-truck rolled, but no one was injured.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported numerous accidents occurred on I-35 around the same time.

In Franklin County’s daily report, four accidents along about a 15-mile stretch of I-35 were listed for Saturday evening:

Around 6:01 p.m. Saturday, near milepost 170, Zoe Merz, 21, Emporia was driving a 1998 Nissan southbound when she lost control on the icy road. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned. She received minor injuries and was transported by personal vehicle to Ransom Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Around 6:11 p.m., near milepost 170, Bryan Federico 52, Tracy, Calif., was traveling southbound in a 2004 Ford pickup. Federico swerved to the left to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle in the lane of travel and he left the roadway. Federico’s truck rolled in the center median. He was reported as uninjured.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, near milepost 171 at Williamsburg, Max Adams, 20, Ottawa, was driving a 2005 Chevy Silverado northbound when he lost control of his vehicle on the ice. The vehicle then struck a guardrail. The truck was then struck from the rear by a 2018 semi-truck driven by Jakob Weldon, 24, Wichita. All parties were uninjured.

Later, around 7:30 p.m. near Ottawa, William Austin, 26, Emporia, was driving a 2003 Kia Sorento southbound on I-35 near milepost 181, when he lost control of his vehicle on the ice and overturned. William’s passenger was checked for a possible injury but declined transport.

Updated Feb. 12, 2018, to include accident information from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

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