ONLINE FIRST: Uniontown woman dies in third fatal accident in three weeks

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Uniontown woman died in the third fatal car accident in Bourbon County within the last three weeks.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Sonja Davis was killed in a one-vehicle accident shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday about a half mile west of 120th Road or about two miles south of Redfield.

Davis was driving a 2009 Nissan Versa passenger car eastbound on Hackberry Road when the vehicle crested a hilltop, after which Davis lost control and the vehicle struck a concrete culvert on the road's north shoulder. The vehicle entered a ditch, rolled about three times, ejecting Davis, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the KHP.

Davis was transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. According to the KHP, she was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident.

The accident occurred just a week after 24-year-old Kellie Sander of Chanute was killed in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 54 about 12 miles northwest of Fort Scott. Sander was also not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the Dec. 15 accident.

Four-year-old Kiersten Sander and 2-year-old Kylah Sander were left in the vehicle overnight, secured in appropriate safety seats, with temperatures dropping below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The children were reported to only have suffered minor injuries.

On Dec. 7, 33-year-old Billy Joe Miller of Pleasanton died in a head-on collision that occurred near the Linn County line on Kansas Highway 7. Jason Casner, 35, of Fort Scott, 8-year-old Jeremiah Casner and 5-year-old Isiah Casner, also of Fort Scott, were treated for injuries as a result of the accident. None of the people involved in the accident were wearing safety restraints.