DERBY, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal ATV accident that left one man dead and another person with minor injuries.
Deputies say three men were riding on their ATV when two of them didn’t see the large drainage ditch and crashed. It happened at 71st St. South and Cider Road Sunday afternoon.
Deputies say Philipp “Doobie” Wellemeyer, 25 was wearing his helmet, but couldn’t survive the strong impact of the crash.
Those who knew the victim tell KSN he was a Derby High School graduate and was married.
Ean Thomas said he was walking along the street when someone flagged him down for help.
“He was laying there like he hit the side of a ditch thing there,” said Thomas. “It wasn’t pretty.”
Deputies responded to an accident call, and when they arrived on scene, they learned that three friends had been riding on their ATVs in an area that was off limits.
“It appears at this point they didn’t see the drainage ditch that feeds into the larger portion of the ditch and went straight off it,” said Sgt. Nathan Gibbs, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. “One of the individuals received minor injuries, the other one was deceased on scene, and there was another one who didn’t receive any injuries at all.”
Sgt. Gibbs said the three men were all wearing helmets and one had a chest guard.
“It is a fairly common occurrence that we get calls that people are down in the ditch, but accidents aren’t as common,” said Sgt. Gibbs.
Deputies said if caught riding or trespassing in the Big Ditch then you could be fined up to $525.
Right now, deputies haven’t said if the two other men will be fined or charged for trespassing because the accident is still under investigation.