Truck strikes, kills Washburn professor in Crawford County

Glenda Taylor
Glenda Taylor Courtesy of Washburn University

A 60-year-old Topeka woman was killed as she was preparing for the Kansas State Time Trial Championships bicycle event held Sunday morning in Crawford County.

Glenda Taylor, professor and head of the Washburn University art department, was riding along K-146 in rural Walnut shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday when she was struck by a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Todd Kidwell, 37, of Chanute.

According to a report from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Kidwell struck Taylor as he attempted to pass. Kidwell and his passenger, 20-year old Levi Phillips of Chanute, were uninjured.

The accident is being investigated by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Washburn University President Jerry Farley said Taylor was a Washburn faculty member for 27 years. In 2013, she received the Muriel Clarke Student Life Award at Washburn for outstanding work with individual students, student groups and organizations.

Contributing: Associated Press