09/24/2003

Sheriff's Investigator, Resident Killed, Another Injured in Crash

Officer Down: Brett Tepe - [Dodge City, Kansas]

By Dan Hoyt and Eric Swanson, Dodge City Daily Globe

A Sheriff's investigator and another Spearville resident were killed and a third person was injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 50.

Ford County Sheriff's Office Investigator Bret D. Tepe and Spearville resident Wilma J. Worthey were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. Wilma Worthey's passenger, David E. Worthey of Spearville, was taken to Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City for treatment.

A hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon he could not release any information about David Worthey's condition.

According to the KHP report, Wilma Worthey was eastbound on U.S. Highway 50 about two miles west of Spearville when the left rear tire of her 1989 Lincoln passenger car blew out, causing her to lose control of the car. The car then crossed the center line and struck Tepe's pickup truck, which was westbound.

The Lincoln came to rest on the road, while the pickup truck came to rest in the north ditch.

"It's a horrific crash," said KHP Lt. Randy Mosher.

He said a preliminary investigation showed none of the three victims were wearing seat belts, and all three were ejected from their vehicles. Both vehicles were totaled.
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