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Reward offered for unsolved deadly hit-and-run in Stafford County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 5:50 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 5:50 p.m.

A $3,500 reward has been established for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run that killed a Wichita man in Stafford County last month.

Scott Burton, 39, was struck and killed while he was securing a tour bus to a tow truck shortly before 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 on U.S. 50 just west of Stafford.

“There was literally no physical evidence left at the scene from the vehicle that was involved,” Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Gary Warner said.

The tow truck was on the shoulder next to the westbound lane.

“It appears he wasn’t on the roadway,” said Mark Ysidro, owner of Tow Service Inc. “How do you hit somebody and not hit the truck?”

The business is offering $2,500 of the reward and Stafford County Crime Stoppers is adding $1,000.

“This has just been a horrific accident that’s happened in our county,” said Glenn Newdigger, a board member for Stafford County Crime Stoppers.

“Somebody out there somewhere knows something about this, and we’d sure like them to come forward,” he said. “Even the smallest detail” could be helpful.

The Stafford County Crime Stoppers number is 888-305-1300.

Solving the case would give Burton’s family “some relief and closure,” Newdigger said.

Tow Service safety officer Darryl Longpine said he wants to learn what happened so the company can train its drivers to better protect themselves in similar circumstances.

“We’re out there every day,” Ysidro said. “We’re out there more than law enforcement.

“It touches us more than most people.”

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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