Volunteer crossing guard struck in school crossing walk

#Crossing Guard Accident.2016Update 12:30 p.m.:

At 7:34 a.m. Thursday, May 5, the Sabetha Police Department (SPD) received a call that the crossing guard at Sabetha Elementary School had been struck by a vehicle at First and Oregon Streets.

When SPD arrived on the scene, they found crossing guard Pat Rodecap, 64, of Sabetha lying on the ground and a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan in the crosswalk.

According to Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck, it appears the driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Kelly Hildebrand of Sabetha was not traveling at a fast rate of speed.

Rodecap was taken to Sabetha Community Hospital by ambulance and immediately following the accident, Wahwasuck went to the hospital to check on Rodecap and said that Rodecap was alert and able to hold a conversation with him. He was transferred to Topeka for further testing.

“I believe the sun coming up over Oregon Street, as well as the dust on the driver’s windshield played a big role in the accident,” Wahwasuck said.

Hildebrand was cited with a disobeying crossing guard and inattentive driving.

8:30 a.m.: An adult was struck by a vehicle in the crossing walk north of Sabetha Elementary School this morning prior to school, at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Nemaha County Sheriff Rich Vernon confirms that a 911 call came in and that it was transferred to the Sabetha Police Department, which handled the incident from that point. Vernon could not confirm who was struck or the person’s medical condition.


  • David Reply

    May 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Yes,,,windshield ??….I think Not..also I witnessed it from about 20 yards and for Pat to be flipped up as high as the roof of the van ,,I am confident the speed of the van was a bit higher than the estimate of 15mph …

  • Charlene Phillips Reply

    May 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    What about the two children waiting to cross the street and witnessed person get struck from a birds eyed view? Windshield looks pretty clear to use a dirty windshield as an excuse! Listen to those who were there; adults and children … Get well wishes to a true outstanding citizen of Sabetha Semper Fi

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