No serious injuries reported when car goes airborne, striking Sheriff’s vehicle west of Topeka

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – July 11, 2017

A Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when the vehicle they were in was struck by a passing motorist on Interstate 70 just west of Topeka.

The crash was reported at 10:06 a.m. on I-70 just east of the S.W. West Union Road exit

Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Adam Winters said at the scene that the sheriff’s deputy, identified as Bradley C. Metz, was observing traffic as he was parked facing southwest on an asphalt crossover drive between the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-70.

Winters said a silver, four-door 2011 Nissan Altima that was westbound on I-70 went off the left side of the roadway after the driver suffered an apparent medical condition.

The Nissan then entered the grassy median before launching over the crossover and into the back driver’s side door of the deputy’s 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The impact caused the sheriff’s sport utility vehicle to spin around, and it came to rest facing east with the Nissan lodged in its back area.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s online crash log, Metz, 45, of Topeka, was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital by American Medical Response ambulance. He was wearing a seat belt.

The patrol said the Nissan’s driver, Brooklyn McKay Rhyne, 20, of Topeka, also was taken by AMR to Stormont Vail Hospital. The patrol said she was wearing a seat belt.

The sheriff’s K-9 was reported uninjured.

Traffic was slowed but was allowed to go past the crash scene in a single lane in each direction as crews cleared the scene.


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