Smith Center Man Dies In Phillips County Accident


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On October 22, 2021, at approximately 7:56 p.m. emergency personnel responded to a one vehicle accident in the 200 block of East Limestone Road.

Brian Martin, 39, Smith Center was operating a 2008 Nissan passenger car when he swerved to miss a deer and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle went airborne and rolled.

Passenger Lucas Martin, 42, Phillipsburg was ejected from the vehicle.

Brian Martin was able to call 911, but was unable to give an exact location. Prior to emergency personnel locating the crash, Brian succumbed to his injuries and Lucas, disoriented from his injuries, wandered from the scene.

Deputies, Fire fighters and EMS personnel conducted a ground search for Lucas. Our drone was deployed and KHP aircraft provided assistance. Lucas was located by a family member and transported to Phillips County Hospital via ambulance.

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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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