Former Beloit Man Killed In Highway 24 Crash


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A former Mitchell County resident died in an accident just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday near Asherville.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1990 Ford F150 pickup driven by Sean R. Cooper, age 39 of Clyde, was west-bound on U.S. 24 about five miles east of Beloit. Cooper’s pickup crossed the center line and struck a semi head-on.

Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to McDonald-Roberts Funeral Home in Beloit. He is survived by two daughters, a teen and an infant. The semi driver, 52 year old Yvette Lanz of Stanton, Neb. was not injured. Cooper was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash according to the KHP.

A five mile section of Hwy. 24 was closed for more than 12 hours on Wednesday while crews cleared the accident scene. The semi careened well off the roadway after the impact and had a broken front axle, making it difficult to remove from the wet conditions in the field where it ultimately came to rest.


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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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