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Chief warns against ‘car tag’ after 6 teens hurt

Hillsboro’s police chief is warning teens not to play “tag” with their vehicles after six teens chasing each other were injured Tuesday when one of their vehicles slammed into a tree at a downtown intersection.

“Not only should they consider their own welfare and welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them,” Chief Dan Kinning said.

None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening.

Kassidy Trapani, 18, and Ryleigh Peterson, 13, were taken by ambulance to Hillsboro Community Hospital with moderate injuries.

Jasmine Copenhaver, 15, and Anna Baugh, 16, were taken by ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, Marion, with lesser injuries.

Parents took Kolton Harms, 17, to St. Luke and Trinity Bisbee, 15, to HCH, Kinning said.

A Volkswagen Beetle driven by Trapani sustained extensive damage and had to be towed after it wrapped around the tree. A Dodge Dakota driven by Harms sustained damage to its front end and undercarriage.

Harms had been following Trapani, according to an official police accident report. Both vehicles had been turning left onto Date Street from Grand Avenue when they collided, sending the Beetle into the tree.

“One car went short, and one went wide,” Kinning said.

Both drivers were charged with reckless driving, which carries a potential penalty of5 to 90 days in jail, a fine of $25 to $500 or both. Trapini also was charged with speeding, and Harms also was charged with following too closely.

Additional charges are possible, Kinning said. He said the teens were “not completely truthful and cooperative” during the investigation.

A seventh student, Fillow Cruz, 13, fled the scene and had to be tracked down by Hillsboro firefighters at his home. He was checked by ambulance attendants but did not report any injuries.

The Beetle was owned by Michael Angevine, 312 E. A St., and the truck by Willard Harms, 1559 50th Rd. All of the teens were listed as having different Hillsboro addresses.

Teens Cause Accident in Game of “Car Tag “

Four teenagers were injured in a two-car accident at a Hillsboro intersection and taken to local hospitals on Tuesday, January 30. Hillsboro police chief, Dan Kinning, said the accident was caused because the teenagers were playing a game of “car tag.”

The cars collided as they both tried to make left hand turns. One of the cars, a Volkswagen Beetle, driven by 18-year-old Kassidy Trapani, ended up wrapped around a tree with the entire car damaged. The second car a Dodge Dakota, driven by 17-year old Kolton Harms, faced damaged to the front end of the car.

Trapani and one of the passengers, 13-year old Ryleigh Peterson, were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital with moderate injuries. Two of the other passengers, 15-year old Jasmine Copenhaver and 16-year old Anna Baugh were taken to St. Luke Hospital with lesser injuries.

Harms was transported to St. Luke by his mother, while another passenger, 15-year old Trinity Bisbee was taken to Hillsboro Hospital by her father.

A 13 year old involved in the accident, Fillow Cruz, fled the scene before police arrived. He was later found by Hillsboro firefighters in his home.

While additional charges may be filed, both of the drivers have been cited with reckless driving.

Chief Kinning discussed the dangers of “car tag” saying, “Not only should they consider their own welfare and the welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”

Dangerous Driving Leads to Accident

On January 30, around 8:30 pm on Grand Avenue two cars collided resulting in multiple individuals requiring hospitalization and several citations being issued. The collision caused one of the cars, a 2002 blue Volkswagon Bug, to become totaled after it subsequently collided with a tree.  The other vehicle, a 2011  white Dodge Dakota, was voluntarily towed away by the owner from the scene of the accident and sustained only minor damages.

The driver of the Bug, Kassidy Trapini(18) and a fellow passenger, Ryleigh Peterson(13) were driven via ambulance to Hillsboro Community Hospital for moderate injuries.  Jasmine Coperhaven(15) and Anna Baugh(16), both passengers in the  Dakota, were sent via ambulance to St. Luke Hospital in Marion for reportedly minor injuries.

The Volkswagon also initially contained 13-year-old passenger Michael Cruz who reportedly left the scene of the accident and was later found safe in his home after a search by police.

The incident occurred during what police have called a “game of chase” or more specifically “car tag”.  “Both drivers were charged with reckless driving” with the additional charges of speeding being giving Trapini, and “Following another car to closely” given to the driver of the Dakota, Kolton Harms(17). Additional charges may still be filed according to Hillsboro police chief  Dan Kinning during an interview about the incident. During the interview, he also mentioned, “Not everybody was being truthful and cooperative as we sorted it out”, though he did not elaborate on the at further.

 

Four teenagers hospitalized after a game of “Car Tag”

An accident at the corner of Grand Ave. and Date St. resulted in four teenagers being sent to local hospitals. Only moderate injuries were sustained. Hillsboro police chief, Dan Kinning, confirms that the cause of the accident was a game of “car tag”. Both drivers were cited for reckless driving.

“One went wide and one went short” Kinning said in an interview.

Kassidy Trapani, 18, was turning left in her Volkswagon Beetle when a Dodge Dakota, driven by 17 year old Kolton Harms, took a sharp left turn spinning Trapani into a tree on the corner.

Trapani and passenger, 13 year old Ryliegh Petersen, sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital. Harms and passengers, Jasmine Copenhaver, 15, and Anna Baugh, 16, were taken to St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

“It’s dangerous”, Kinning said afterwards. “Not only should the consider their own welfare and the welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”

 

 

A Game of Chase Sends Teens to Hospital

Tuesday, January 30th, four teens were sent to local hospitals after a game of “car tag” went wrong ending in a two-car collision on Date and Grant street.

According to police reports, the two cars were driving close behind one another. Kolton Harms (17) was driving a Dodge Dakota, and Kassidy Trapani (18) was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle.

The two attempted to turn left simultaneously onto Grant Street.

“One went left and one went wide,” said Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning.

The Volkswagen ended up wrapped around a tree with damage to the entire car. The Dodge faced damages mainly in the front area of the car.

Trapani and passenger Ryliegh Petersen(13) were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital.  Jasmine Copenhaver(15)  and Anna Baugh(16) were transported to St. Luke’s hospital in Marion. All transported by ambulance. Harms was taken to St. Luke by his mother, and Brisbee(15) was taken to Hillsboro hospital by her father.

No one suffered extreme injuries.

Both Trapani and Harms were charged with reckless driving and may face further charges.

Routine Accident Turns out to Be Much More

Four teenagers were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after two cars collided at the intersection of Date and Grant St.

The accident report revealed the two cars were following each other closely down Grant. The collision occurred when both vehicles attempted to turn left onto Date.

“One car went short and one went wide,” explained Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning.

The simultaneous turns resulted in a collision that left the 2nd vehicle, a Volkswagen Beetle, badly damaged and  wrapped around a tree at the corner of the intersection, according to the police dispatcher.

18-year-old Kassidy Trapani and  17-year-old Kolton Harms, the drivers of the Volkswagen Beetle and Dodge Dakota respectively, were both cited for reckless driving, an unusual occurrence in most accidents.

Police later uncovered the cause of the accident to be a game of car chase gone wrong. “It’s a game of chase,” Chief Kinning added while warning of the potential consequences of the risky game, “It’s dangerous. Not only should they consider their own welfare and the welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”

Although there were no serious injuries, Trapani and one of her passengers, 13 year old Ryleigh Peterson, were transported by ambulance to Hillsboro community hospital.

Other passengers, 15-year-old Jasmine Copenhaver and 16-year-old Anna Baugh,  were transported to St. Luke Hospital in Marion in addition to driver Kolton Harms, who was taken to St. Luke by his mother.

In addition to reckless driving, Harms and Trapani may face additional charges for their rash actions behind the wheel.

 

 

 

Four hospitalized after game of car tag goes wrong

Four teenagers were injured on Tuesday night after a game of “car tag” quickly turned into a two-vehicle accident.

Another individual, 13-year-old Fillow Cruz, was said to have left the scene at the time of the accident. He was located in his home later on. Hillsboro firefighters checked him for injuries and his condition is currently unknown.

Police reports revealed that the two cars were driving close together when the Dodger took a sharp left turn and collided into the side of the Volkswagen, which was also turning left. The entire Volkswagen was wrecked while the Dodger’s undercarriage was damaged.

“One car went short and one went wide,” Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning said.

The Volkswagen was “wrapped around a tree at the corner of Date and Grand,” a dispatcher stated.

The drivers of the Volkswagen, 18-year-old Kassidy Trapani, and the Dodger, 17-year-old Kolton Harms, were not impaired with drugs or alcohol in any way.

Trapani and one of her passengers, Ryliegh Petersen, 13, were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital with moderate injuries.

15-year-old Jasmine Copenhaver, who was riding in the Volkswagen, was taken to St. Luke Hospital in Marion along with 16-year-old Anna Baugh, who was one of Harms’ passengers. They suffered lesser injuries.

Kinning stated that those who were involved in the accident were not being completely “truthful and cooperative” during the investigation. He added that drivers should reconsider playing a game of car tag.

“It’s dangerous,” Kinning said. “Not only should they consider their own welfare and welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”

“Car Tag” to Blame for Crash that send 4 to Local Hospitals

Four people were taken to local hospitals Tuesday after an accident at a Hillsboro intersection. According to Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning, the teenagers were playing a game of “car tag” when both cars involved attempted a left turn at the intersection of Grand Ave. and Date St.

“One car went short and one went wide,” Kinning said.

A Volkswagon Beetle, driven by 18 year old Kassidy Trapani, ended up wrapped around a tree. The first vehicle, a Dodge Dakota which was chasing Trapani according to the police report, was driven by 17 year old Kolton Harms.

Trapani and Ryleigh Peterson, 13, were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital with moderate injuries. Jasmine Copenhaver, 15, and Anna Baugh, 16, were transported to St. Luke’s with lesser injuries.

A fifth patient, 13 year old Fillow Cruz, fled the scene in unknown condition. He was later located at his home and checked for injury by Hillsboro firefighters.

Kinning warned of the dangers of car tag, telling drivers “Not only should they consider their own welfare and welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”

Further updated information for Story 3

(Assume you know the following facts from recorded dispatches on your office police scanner and are writing this for the next day’s issue of the local newspaper, the Hillsboro Star-Journal in Kansas.)

JAN. 30

8:37 p.m. — As many as five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at Date and Grand Sts.

Two patients were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital and two others to St. Luke by Marion and Hillsboro ambulances. A helicopter ambulance was called but was not used.

A fifth patient, a 14-year-old who left the scene and went home, was tracked down by Hillsboro firefighters and checked for injuries.

You receive this accident report and possess the official manual for such reports along with an official code sheet for accident causes and vehicle types. It is the policy of your publication to identify all injured parties and passengers and to list the make and model of all vehicles, as well as report any citations issued. Citations can be decoded by querying the state statutes using the 08-xxxx references to the code found on the accident report. You can even listen to the police, fire and ambulance transmissions if you download a ZIP’d collection of MP3 files.

An early breaking-news post reported this about the accident:

Four people injured in an accident at a Hillsboro intersection Tuesday evening were taken to area hospitals.

“We have a two-car accident with a Volkswagen wrapped around a tree at the corner of Date and Grand,” a dispatcher reported as Hillsboro and Marion ambulances and Hillsboro firefighters raced to the scene.

EMS director Ed Debesis also responded to coordinate the medical response.

Two individuals were assessed as moderately injured and were taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital. Two others with lesser injuries were taken to St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

A search was started for a 14-year-old male, condition unknown, who left the scene of the accident. Originally believed to have gone to the high school, he was later located at his home.

Your task is to produce the complete accident story, properly attributed where necessary.

This additional information was gathered from an interview with Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning:

Confirmed it was an incident of “car tag.”

“It’s a game of chase.”

When the cars turned left, one went wide and one went short. The one behind struck the one ahead on the driver’s side.

“Both drivers were cited for reckless driving.”

Additional charges may be filed.

Copenhaver and Baugh were transported by ambulance to St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

Petersen and Trapani were taken by ambulance to Hillsboro Community Hospital.

Harms was taken to St. Luke by mother. Brisbee was taken to HCH by father.

“Not everybody was being truthful and cooperative as we sorted it out”

(Speculated the lack of cooperation may stem from fear of police, arrest, parents finding out)

“It’s dangerous. Not only should they consider their own welfare and the welfare of those who are with them, but the welfare of people who share the street with them.”