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Marlene Ruth Benjamin of Smith Center, Kansas was injured on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 06:35 PM in Smith County, Kansas. Benjamin is a 61-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: U36 milepost 169 or U36 and K8 Junction.
In the crash, Benjamin was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
Vehicle 1 [the 2019 GMC Acadia driven by Marlene Benjamin] was at the stop sign on K8, waiting to turn Eastbound on U36. Vehicle 2 [the 2018 Freight Truck driven by Rodney Emery] was Westbound on U36. Vehicle 1 [the 2019 GMC Acadia driven by Marlene Benjamin] failed to yield right of way to vehicle 2[the 2018 Freight Truck driven by Rodney Emery] and entered U36. Vehicle 2 [the 2018 Freight Truck driven by Rodney Emery] moved into the Westbound lane to avoid Vehicle 1 [the 2019 GMC Acadia driven by Marlene Benjamin]. Both vehicles collided on their passenger sides.
Benjamin's injuries were minor. Benjamin was taken by ambulance to Smith County Memorial Hospital.
The police said the 2019 Gmc Acadia with Kansas license plate number 687NPA damage was unknown. This vehicle was insured. USAA insured this vehicle. This vehicle was removed by J & K Towing.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
The Kansas Highway Patrol trooper with badge number K346 of the Kansas Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 2022-005312 to this crash. The KSHP charges $5.00 for each copy of the report plus additional fees of $2.00 for each witness statement. But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. In order to get the report through the KSHP website, you must create a Kansas.gov account and give them your credit card. You must agree to be subject to Kansas Statute 45-230: Unlawful Use of Names Derived from Public Records. This statute imposes on those subject to it “a civil penalty in an action brought by the attorney general or county or district attorney” of up to “$500 for each violation.” Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted (blacked out).
The information in this article came from the Kansas Highway Patrol website.
Benjamin may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Benjamin to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
Photo credit: Missouri State Highway Patrol