Mar 22, 2023

Driver missed stop sign, dies after crash with a semi

Posted Mar 22, 2023 11:26 PM

ELLSWORTH COUNTY—One person died in an accident just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ellsworth County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2004 Toyota Highlander driven by  Donald J. Svita, 70, Pueblo, Colorado, was eastbound on Kansas 14 at Kansas 156, a mile and a half south of Ellsworth.

The driver failed to stop at the stop sign. A southbound 2006 Peterbilt semi driven by Luke W. Johnson, 39, Randolph, struck the SUV.

EMS transported both drivers to Ellsworth Medical Center where Svita was pronounced deceased. The drivers were not wearing seat belts, according to the KHP.