Fatality Accident Reported Saturday Night In Mankato

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The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle accident near Mankato City Park Saturday evening that resulted in a fatality.

According to the KHP, a 2011 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling southbound on N. McRoberts St. at approximately 11:57 p.m. when it went off the right side of the roadway into the ditch. The vehicle was airborne for approximately 20 feet before striking a tree. The passenger, a minor of unknown age, was ejected. The vehicle continued southbound for a short distance before coming to reset on its tires.

The driver was identified as Elliott Phillip Whiteside, 18, of Tryon, North Carolina. He was transported to a Wichita hospital with suspected serious injuries. The passenger, a minor from Mankato, was killed in the accident. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. The Kansas Highway Patrol doesn’t release the name or age of minors involved in accidents.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
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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