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Car overturns, but only one possible injury

4/22/2013

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

GOODLAND -- The 20-year-old driver of a vehicle that went into a ditch early Sunday morning and overturned 2.5 times faces a series of traffic charges.

Despite the severity of the accident, only one person -- out of two people ejected from the vehicle -- complained of possible injuries.

"It's just one of those crashes where people were ejected but no one was hurt," said Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman.

The accident was reported at 1:30 a.m. Sunday approximately 2 miles north of Goodland, according to the KHP, which investigated the accident.

The vehicle being driven by Robert A. Simoneau, Goodland, reportedly was "swerving all over the roadway" before losing control of the vehicle, the accident report states. The vehicle went into the west ditch before rolling and coming to rest on its top facing to the south.

Two people were thrown from the vehicle, with only one reporting possible injuries.

Hileman said the driver of the vehicle was issued a series of tickets for minor in possession of alcohol, no current proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain a single lane, reckless driving, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to change his address on his driver's license within 10 days of moving.

Ericka L. Sutherland, 23, Bethune, Colo., and Eduardo Palma-Chimal, 27, Goodland, both were ejected. Sutherland reported possible injuries. Gian L. Clavell-Lopez, 19, Goodland, also was in the vehicle, and was the only person wearing a seatbelt.