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Fatal motorcycle accidents
By: Associated Press
"WICHITA, Kan. - Too many inexperienced
motorcycle drivers and lack of attention from
drivers of other vehicles have contributed to
nine fatal motorcycle accidents in Wichita so
far this year, compared with only one all of
last year, riders and police said.
Other contributing factors could be an increase
in motorcycle riders because of high gasoline
prices and a lack of spaces in training classes,
And none of the nine people who have died were
wearing helmets, police said.
Two of the deaths came after separate accidents
Sandra Weidner, 43, died Thursday at Wesley
Medical Center from injuries she suffered when a
car hit the motorcycle she was riding on. And
Jedidiah Kuhns, 24, died Wednesday night after
his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck.
Wichita police Lt. Paul Moser said Kuhns was
going more than 80 mph on a Kawasaki sport cycle
that a brother said he had owned for just two
The accidents came less than three weeks after
two people died when a motorcycle driven by a
23-year-old who had never before been on a cycle
hit a grain truck. Police estimated the driver
was going 130 mph when he hit the semitrailer.
Motorcycle rider Casey Dewey said such accidents
don't have to happen."
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