High-speed chase and collision takes the life of Terrill Underwood – Pratt Tribune

On September 14, a high-speed chase that began in Pratt County ended around 10:15 a.m. near Elm Mills when two drivers were killed in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 281.

According to Kansas Department of Transportation officials, a man later identified as Johnathan Lee Ahlvers, 39, of Halstead, stole a white 2008 Ford F350 pickup truck from the Preston power lift and drove off. traveled to Pratt at high speed. Pratt County Sheriff’s Department deputies pursued the truck, and the Pratt City Police Department assisted in attempts to stop the vehicle as it drove through Pratt, cutting off the freeway on Jackson Street, which passes local school buildings.

The stolen vehicle driven by Ahlvers emerged from the south side of Pratt on U.S. Highway 281, where, despite ongoing resurfacing, it reached high speeds as it traveled south.

The September 14 KDOT accident log report indicates that Vehicle 1 was fleeing/attempting to evade law enforcement on southbound US 281 near mile post 34. Vehicle 2 (which we now know was he was driven by 70-year-old Barber County resident Terrill Underwood) was heading north on US 281. Evidence at the scene indicated that Ahlvers intentionally drove toward the pickup truck. ‘Underwood, a 2000 Ford F350 causing him to attempt to avoid Vehicle 1 as he exits the freeway towards the east ditch. Vehicle 1 may have struck Vehicle 2 in the area between the east shoulder and the ditch in a head-on collision near the Elm Mills turn off from 281.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Crittenden said a trooper was ready to deploy stop sticks further south on 281, but the crash happened before KHP could arrest him.

The highway was closed until late Wednesday afternoon due to the fatal accident.

Family, friends and residents of Pratt and Barber counties mourned the death of Underwood, who was known to many as a kind and gentle man. The cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11 a.m. at The United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at Barber County Fair in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

CherryRoad Media Editor