Two bicyclists killed near Medicine Lodge identified

BARBER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Saturday, March 30, 2019

Two people who were killed in a crash near Medicine Lodge last Thursday have been identified.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the two were riding bicycles eastbound on US 160 when a vehicle struck them from behind.

KHP says 64 year old Robert Christensen from Medicine Lodge died at the hospital...

He was a Medicine Lodge attorney who ran his own law firm.

Also killed was 56-year-old Thomas Foust from South Carolina.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the bicyclists was not hurt.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies two bicyclists who died after being struck by a vehicle in Barber County Thursday evening.

In the crash reported a little after 7 p.m., the KHP reports the two men were riding their bicycles east on US-160 when a 2018 Ford Focus, driven by a 44-year-old Mulvane man, hit both bicycles from behind.

The KHP identifies the men killed as 64-year-old Robert W. Christensen, of Medicine Lodge, and 56-year-old Thomas M. Foust, of West Columbia, South Carolina.

The report from the KHP shows that Foust died at the scene and Christensen later died from his injuries at a hospital.

The Gyp Hill Premiere reports Christensen was a partner at a law firm in Medicine Lodge. The Medicine Lodge community remembers Christensen as a devoted attorney who cared for his clients.

"Something like this you know, I don't think that no community is every ready for, but here in our small community, we come to rely on one another," fellow Medicine Lodge attorney Alan Goering says. "There's going to be a huge void and (Christensen is) going to be really greatly missed."

----

One bicyclist is dead, a second injured after a crash reported Thursday evening on US-160, west of Medicine Lodge in Barber County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash involved the bicyclists and a vehicle, but as of Thursday night, did not confirm what led up to the crash nor the severity of injury to the second bicyclist. The KHP says the crash happened between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

The KHP says further information on the crash would be disclosed in a crash log released once it notified the next of kin of the bicyclist killed in the crash.

US-160 was temporarily closed Thursday night as crews worked to clear the scene.