Driver In Riley Co. Rollover Accident Cited For Texting Behind Wheel

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two men were injured and taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in Riley County Tuesday night. Police believe texting and speeding played a part in the crash.

Officials say the single car accident happened around 7:35 PM on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in the 1800 block of Wildcat Creek Road.

Brian Kintzel Jr., 23, of Manhattan, was traveling westbound in his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer when he lost control of the SUV, causing it to roll into a ditch where it struck a fence.

Kintzel was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan as was Timothy Wilson, 20, of Fort Riley, who was riding in the front passenger seat. Both men have been identified as Fort Riley soldiers.

Riley County Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Josh Kyle said Kintzel and Wilson were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Initial reports were that one of the crash victims was suffering from a serious gash to his leg and a head injury and the other patient had a shoulder injury but Kyle said the reports did not indicate specifically who was injured and how. Responding officers are still working to complete the final report.

According to Lt. Kyle, Brian Kintzel, the driver, was cited for texting while driving. Officers believe speeding might also have been a contributing factor in the dangerous rollover.

A spokeswoman for Mercy Regional Health Center was not available Wednesday to provide patient condition updates.


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