Victim In Deadly Pott. Co. Hit & Run Identified

By: Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, 13 News
By: Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, 13 News

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Authorities have identified the victim of a deadly hit-and-run accident on Highway 24 as Konley L. Harding, 21, of Manhattan.

Meanwhile, their search for the car and driver that struck and killed Harding continues.

On Sunday, October 28th, at about 12:09 a.m. the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office received a 911 report of a person lying in the roadway on Highway 24 just East of Excel Road in the East bound lane of 24, approximately two miles East of Manhattan.

Sheriff's Deputies and Emergency services responded to the area and found that Harding, a pedestrian, had just been struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A witness to the incident reports that a light colored medium sized Sport Utility Vehicle was the type of vehicle believed to have struck Harding.

The witness reported the SUV type vehicle was Eastbound on 24, and continued Eastbound after striking the victim. Investigators believe that because of the clothing worn by the victim, and that the victim was reported to be lying in the roadway before being struck, the driver of the vehicle would have known they struck an object, but may not necessarily have known that they had struck a person.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for this person to come forward, or anyone with information on this incident to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office at 785-457-3353, or their local law enforcement agency.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat says detectives haven't determined exactly why Harding was lying in the roadway at the time he was hit.

Konley was a student at Manhattan Area Technical College. President and CEO, Dr. Rob Edleston, released the following statement:

"It is with deep sorrow that we begin this week mourning the loss of our dear student, Konley L. Harding, who lost his life this weekend in a terrible accident.

Konley had been a student in our Business Administration program and was spending his last semester with us finishing his general education courses before graduating in December. He was an active member of the student body serving on the Student Government Organization and participating in many academic and extracurricular activities.

He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten by our faculty, fellow students and the staff at Manhattan Area Technical College. Our collective thoughts and prayers will abide with Konley’s family, friends, and acquaintances during this difficult and trying time."


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