Driver Missing From Manhattan Accident Scene

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say the driver of a minivan left a mess behind after an early morning accident in downtown Manhattan Thursday but was nowhere to be found when officers arrived on the scene.

The single vehicle accident happened at 5:35 AM Thursday in the 400 block of Poyntz Avenue.

According to police, the driver of a 1997 Dodge Caravan was eastbound on Poyntz and ended up crossing the center lane of the roadway and continued onto the sidewalk, colliding with a free hydrant and tree.

Whoever was behind the wheel didn't stick around, abandoning the van. An RCPD spokesman said the driver fled the scene before officers arrived. Police do not know if the driver was injured.

The damaged tree briefly blocked the entrance to Barry's Drug Center but was removed from the front of the pharmacy.

Officials ask anyone with information on the accident to call the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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