2 dead in cycle crash

State News

July 26, 2019 - 5:14 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Topeka man who crashed his motorcycle after a birthday celebration at a Topeka bar was found dead in a ditch 42 hours later with the body of his passenger.

Kenneth Barsch, 59, went off the side of U.S. 75 around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Patrol Lt. Bryce Whelpley described the ditch that Barsch and 49-year-old Kimberly Hollis crashed into as “very steep” and deep.

A search party of relatives and friends came across the scene around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Barsch had last been seen about 1 a.m. Wednesday leaving the bar in northern Topeka. 

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