ATV Driver Hospitalized After Being Ejected During Collison

NORTON, KAN. – An Almena man was hospitalized after failing to stop for a stop sign and side-swiping a family SUV on Monday.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the incident took place approximately 1:05 p.m. on U.S. Highway 36 approximately 8 miles west of Norton.

When first responders arrived, they found a Polaris Ranger ATV driven by Riley Hager, age 24, had traveled north on Norton County Road W9. The ATV side-swiped a 2011 Honda Pilot driven by Lacy Chestnut, 36, of Norton. Chestnut was traveling westbound.

Hager was taken to CHI Health Good Smartian Hospital in Kearney, Neb. With serious injuries. In the Honda Pilot, Chestnut and 3 minors did not suffer injuries. Evan Chestnut, 39, of Norton was taken to Norton County Hospital.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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