A longtime Wichita businessman was killed over the weekend in Butler County when his motorcycle was struck by a car trying to avoid a stopped vehicle.
David A. Scheideman, 69, owner of Dave’s Pool Store, was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 400, about nine miles south of El Dorado, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said Monday.
A 38-year-old man from Peck was driving a Pontiac east on U.S. 400 when he tried to avoid another eastbound car that was stopped and turning left into a driveway. The Pontiac veered off to the south, struck a post, came back on the highway and crossed over into the path of Scheideman’s westbound motorcycle, Herzet said.
Scheideman was thrown into the north ditch, the sheriff said. The Pontiac driver wasn’t injured.
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Blood was drawn from the Pontiac driver and Scheideman to determine whether either was driving under the influence, a standard procedure in a fatality accident, Herzet said. The investigation is ongoing; it hasn’t been determined whether charges will be filed, he added.
Scheideman opened Dave’s Pool Store in 1984. In a story published in The Eagle last week, he said he was in the middle of expanding his business. The company sells above-ground pools and provides pool service and repairs.
The store was moving a short distance from 915 N. West St. to 909 N. West St. so the business would have more room. He also discussed plans to add spas to his line of products and leasing out space that he wouldn’t be using.