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Monday, May 27, 2013

Shawnee man killed in motorcycle accident

Posted: May 27, 2013 - 1:49am
Updated: May 27, 2013 - 8:26am

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers conducting their investigation
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The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 38-year-old, Shawnee man was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday morning on Interstate 35 in Lenexa.

The Highway Patrol's accident report says the accident happened at approximately 1:25 a.m. on the northbound Interstate 35 exit ramp to 75th Street. The accident scene was just before the long tunnel which runs under U.S. 69 Highway, just inside of Lenexa.

Troopers have identified the rider as Jason M. Gearhart of Shawnee, Kansas. Gearhart was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident report says Gearhart's 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle left the roadway for an unknown reason and went into the right ditch. The motorcycle then struck the rock boulders and the rider was thrown.

Troopers say Gearhart was not wearing a helmet.

Another motorcyclist was following Gearhart when the accident occurred and stopped to report the accident. Troopers say speed may have played a role in the accident, no other vehicles contributed to the accident's cause.

The ramp was closed by Lenexa Police at 1:30 a.m. and reopened to all traffic shortly before 7 a.m..

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