Concordia Man Killed In Mitchell County Crash Thursday


The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that a Concordia man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Mitchell County Thursday.

The report indicates that a 2009 Ford Focus was traveling west on Kansas Highway 9, driven by Larry Monroe Hicks, age 68, of Concordia, near 360 Road when it crossed the center line and hit a 2019 Kenworth tractor driven by Adam Lee Badger, 33, of Mankato. The accident occurred approximately noon Thursday. The Focus driven by Hicks went into the westbound ditch, and the tractor overturned onto the driver’s side in the south ditch.

Hicks was killed in the crash, but was wearing a seatbelt, according to the KHP report. Badger suffered no injuries and was not wearing a seatbelt.

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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