Fort Riley Soldier Airlifted After Motorcycle Ax

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

CLAY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Fort Riley soldier was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center Sunday following an accident in Clay County.

The crash happened at 3:50 PM Sunday, April 14, 2013, on K-82 at Sunflower Road, about a half mile west of Wakefield.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash log, a 2005 Ford pick-up truck driven by 93-year-old Lester Elsasser was westbound on K-82 and did a u-turn at the intersection of Sunflower, crossing the path of two motorcycles driven by Fort Riley soldiers.

Staff Sergeant Carl Hendricks Jr., 27, of Alma, was riding his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed into the pick-up. Hendricks was airlifted to KU Medical Center with what sources say are very serious head injuries and other broken bones.

Staff Sergeant Tory Peoples, 39, of Manhattan, was riding his Honda motorcycle alongside of Hendricks and according to troopers, he ran into the back of Hendricks' motorcycle. He was treated for his injuries at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City and released.

The crash log indicates that both soldiers were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Officials say the soldiers did not have time to make any adjustments when Elsasser made the u-turn in front of them.

Lester Elsasser was not injured. Officials say he was not issued a ticket at the scene. Troopers plan to meet with the local county attorney to review the case.

Officials at KU Medical Center could not provide a patient status on Staff Sgt. Hendricks Monday afternoon.


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