Police identify victim in early-morning crash in downtown Topeka

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 6:42 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Police have identified the victim of a single-vehicle crash Monday morning in downtown Topeka.

Brad L. Shipps, 50, of Tecumseh, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The crash was reported at 6:32 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of S.E. 6th Avenue.

Police Lt. Manny Munoz said at the scene that a blue Chevrolet pickup truck that had been traveling west on S.E. 6th Avenue veered across both eastbound lanes, went up and over a curb on the south side of the street and clipped a tall, wooden power pole near the middle of the block.

The truck then re-entered S.E. 6th Avenue, where it circled back across the east- and westbound lanes before going up and over a curb on the north side of the street.

The truck came to rest facing east just west of a glass-enclosed Topeka Metro bus stop located in a grassy area in front of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck, who was alone in the vehicle, was unresponsive when crews arrived on the scene.

Emergency responders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man for nearly 30 minutes after the crash before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police blocked S.E. 6th Avenue between S.E. Madison and S.E. Jefferson streets as they investigated the crash.

The street was reopened to traffic around 10 a.m.

No other injuries were reported.

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