Fort Riley Soldier Dies During High Speed Police Chase

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

DICKINSON COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Officials with the Kansas Highway Patrol say it is unclear why a Fort Riley soldier was fleeing from troopers on Interstate 70, leading to a crash that claimed his life.

The deadly chase started Friday, May 17, 2013 after 8 PM. Officials say Matthew Peachey, 21, of Fort Riley, was originally westbound on I-70 when troopers tried to pull him over for speeding. According to troopers, he was clocked driving 105 mph in a 75 mph zone. Peachey made several u-turns in the median during the 15 minute chase, which reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Peachey ended up going eastbound in his 2011 Mazda hatchback as he attempted to flee KHP units when for some reason, he drove off the roadway into a south ditch and struck a cement culvert near Chapman, killing the soldier.

The accident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Peachey's body was sent to Kansas City for an autopsy.


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