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Lawrence man who hit deer killed after leaving vehicle

By The Herald Staff | 10/28/2013

A Lawrence man was killed Sunday evening on I-35 near the Osage-Franklin county line after the vehicle he was driving struck a deer and the motorist left his vehicle.

Travis M. Sanders, 23, Lawrence, was driving a 1995 Toyota northbound on I-35 Sunday evening near milepost 163 when the vehicle struck a deer, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report. Saunders then exited the vehicle, leaving it partially in the left lane and partially in the median.

A second vehicle, a 2006 Jeep driven by Clayton Richardson, 21, Leawood, was driving northbound on I-35 near milepost 163 behind a third vehicle. When the third vehicle moved to the right lane to avoid the wreck, according to the report, Richardson saw the wreck and attempted to avoid it by entering the median, where his vehicle struck Sanders, who was outside his Toyota.

Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richardson and a passenger, Kayla Cowell, 22, Leawood, both of whom were wearing seat belts, were not injured, according to the report.

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