Weekend Accident Claims The Life Of Local Teen (UPDATE)

According the Kansas Highway Patrol, 16 year old Noah Smith of rural Jewell was killed in a single vehicle accident early Saturday morning just after midnight.

Smith was traveling northbound on Kansas Highway 14 approximately 5.7 miles north of Beloit. As the road curved to the west, the 2001 Dodge Ram pickup Smith was driving continued northbound into the ditch. The vehicle then struck two power poles and rolled multiple times before it came to rest on its wheels facing southwest.

Smith was ejected from the vehicle during the accident, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The first officer on scene arrived about 10 minutes after midnight in the early Saturday morning. The accident is believed to have occurred about 40 minutes prior to that at about 11:30 on Friday night as area residents reported a loss of electricity at that time. When the power company was called and arrived at the problem area, they discovered the accident scene including the broken power poles which caused the outage residents had initially reported.

Smith was taken to McDonald-Roberts Funeral home in Beloit, and Mitchell County Sheriff Doug Daugherty notified Smith’s family of the tragedy around 3:40 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.