GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A deadly motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 is now being investigated as a hit-and-run. Authorities are asking for the public's help gathering information on the fatal crash.
Around 3 AM Friday, August 24, 2012, Geary County deputies responded to I-70 mile post 310 west bound off-ramp to the rest area approximately 13 miles east of Junction City for a possible injury accident.
Dispatch stated that there was a man lying on the ground not moving next to a motorcycle. Passersby found the victim and called 911.
Officers arrived and found Bradey Weaver, 28, of Toledo, Ohio, suffering from serious head injuries.
Weaver was rushed to the emergency room at Geary Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
On Friday, officials said they were exploring the possibility that another vehicle was involved in the crash and on Monday, they revealed that it was a hit-and-run.
"The night of the accident when it took place, there was extremely heavy rainfall and the scene was not very conducive to a good investigation. As the day progressed, the rain let up and we were actually able to see the roadway and get a good look at the motorcycle. We’ve now determined that this was a hit-and-run accident. There is evidence that we found on the motorcycle- there’s some paint transfer on the motorcycle that reveals that this could possibly be a white or off-colored white vehicle that actually hit Mr. Weaver," explained Major Tony Wolf with the Geary County Sheriff's Department, the agency investigating the accident, during a press conference Monday.
Officials believe Weaver’s Harley Davidson was struck from behind. They’re working to determine whether the other driver intentionally kept going or if it was purely an accident because of the heavy rainfall at the time of the crash.
"It could have been a situation where they could not have known what they did it or if they even did hit anything. If you were in the area around three o’clock in the morning on August 24th, if you may have thought that you hit a dog or hit a deer or hit something out there and you’re not quite sure, we really need to speak with you.. Due to the weather conditions that night, it is possible that he could have been struck, it could have been a semi, there’s a lot of possibilities at play here but what we are asking of the public is that if you have any information in reference to this accident, would you please call the Geary County Sheriff’s Department at 785-238-2261. That way, we can get the information together and get this accident worked," Wolf added.
Paint from the other vehicle is being sent to the KBI for further analysis.
"The paint transfer that we noticed on the motorcycle, we can actually take a sample of that and send it to the KBI and we can have it tested and find out what car company used that paint so it will help narrow it down that much but still, it’s a broad spectrum even with just that. If somebody could come forward and give us a little bit of information on this, that way we can get this accident worked and the family can have some closure out of this," Wolf said.