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KHP Accident

A GAYLORD MAN LOST HIS LIFE IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURDAY NIGHT SOUTHWEST OF SMITH CENTER.  A 2008 CHEVY PICK-UP, DRIVEN BY 59 YEAR OLD DAVID BECKMAN OF GAYLORD WAS WESTBOUND ON 240TH ROAD.  BECKMAN LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE ON A CURVE.  THE PICK-UP SLID INTO THE NORTH DITCH, STRIKING THE EMBANKMENT AND CAME TO REST IN A FIELD.  THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT SEVEN THURSDAY NIGHT SEVEN MILES SOUTH AND ONE MILE WEST OF SMITH CENTER.  BECKMAN WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT, ACCORDING TO THE KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL REPORT.  NEXT OF KIN HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.