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Fatality Accident Reported Near Linn

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On July 11th, 2018 at 1:09pm; a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by 16 year old Nathalia Gonzalez-Sanchez of Linn, KS was northbound on K9 Highway, approximately ¼ mile south of 9th Rd.  This vehicle left the paved surface of the highway to the right, and then due to overcorrection the driver lost control resulting in the vehicle going into the west ditch, and then overturned multiple times.  Passenger in the vehicle was 17 year old Maddison Mills of Washington, KS.

During the overturning of the vehicle, both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle.  Both occupants were taken to the Washington County Hospital by EMS and then transferred by LifeStar to KS University Medical Center where Nathalia Gonzalez-Sanchez succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Maddison Mills remains hospitalized in critical condition.   Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt, and there were no other contributing factors present.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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