Search for GC Hit & Run Suspect Intensifies After Victim Dies

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(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Garden City Police are intensifying their efforts to identify the driver of a car that struck a motorcyclist on May 25th resulting in the death of the victim on Wednesday.  37-year old John Beckstrom was life-flighted to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita with severe head trauma in the aftermath of the collision but the driver who struck him fled the scene. 

Police have been dogged in their pursuit of leads in the case, returning to the intersection last week to interview potential witnesses.  Police Sergeant Michael Reagle says anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident, 10:30 p.m. on May 25th, may have information that is vital to solving the case.  Reagle says that a photograph from the intersection at the time of the accident obtained by investigators reveals that there were several other motorists And people in the area at the time.  Reagle adds that one tantalizing lead in the investigation indicates another motorist may have chased the suspect vehicle after it crashed into the victim.  Both the driver of the suspect vehicle, possibly a Honda sedan, and the driver of the pickup truck who may have chased it, remain unknown.  Reagle adds that even seemingly insignificant information from folks at the accident scene may help detectives identify the driver of the suspect vehicle and solve the case.  Tips can be phoned in to police anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (620) 275-7807.