Rosie Blacketer/Herald-Chronicle
William Cody Hodgson, Vassar, was killed when his 1997 Ford Explorer rolled several times and came to rest on its top during an early morning accident April 1.

Rosie Blacketer | Reporter

William Cody Hodgson, 23, Vassar, was killed in the early morning of April 1, when the 1997 Ford Explorer he was driving rolled over on state Highway 268.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Dax Lewis, the time of the accident was unknown, but an individual passing by the scene reported it at 3:53 a.m. The accident happened about one tenth mile east of U.S. Highway 75.

“The [vehicle] driven by Hodgson was eastbound on K-268, and left the roadway on the south shoulder for an unknown reason,” Lewis said.

Lewis said Hodgson overcorrected, lost control, and crossed the highway before entering the north ditch, where the vehicle struck a field entrance and went airborne. The vehicle rolled an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its top, the trooper said.

Hodgson was not wearing a safety restraint, according to the highway patrol report, and was ejected from the vehicle.

An obituary for Hodgson appears on Page 2A.