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Three injury accidents over the weekend

By Katherine Wartell

Three people were hospitalized after being involved in separate accidents over the weekend.

In the first incident, Lt. Josh Kyle said that dispatch received a call at about 6 p.m. on March 16, that there had been a crash in the 6800 block of Fort Riley Boulevard. Kyle said that Samantha Caplan, 23, Franklin Square, N.Y., was stopped in her 2003 Toyota Camry at the stop sign on W. 68th Street, when she tried to enter Fort Riley Boulevard and was struck by a 2005 Ford F-450 driven by Steven Peterman 33, Manhattan.

Kyle said Riley County EMS transported Caplan to Mercy Regional Health Center for numbness to her left side. Caplan was later transferred by Life Star to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

Kyle said officers cited Caplan for driving while suspended and failure to yield the right-of-way in an intersection.

In the second incident, Kyle said dispatch received a call at about 8 p.m., that there was a car in a ditch on Zeandale Road, west of Tabor Valley Road.

Kyle said that Donna Speth, 50, Manhattan, swerved her 1999 Nissan Ultima off the road to avoid geese.

Riley County EMS transported Speth to Mercy Regional Health Center for soreness to her shoulder, pelvic area and chest from her car’s airbag deployment.

In the third incident, Kyle said dispatch received a call Sunday evening from Mercy Regional Health Center, that a motorcyclist had been involved in an accident in the 8300 block of Stockdale Park Road and had been brought to the hospital by a private car.

Kyle said that Frederick Howse, driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, had been eastbound when his rear tire blew out. Kyle said Howse’s motorcycle fell to the side and skidded across the road into the ditch.

Howse was taken to the hospital for various cuts to his body, including to his hands, back and stomach.

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