OTTAWA COUNTY – Authorities say an off-duty Concordia police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash in Ottawa County Monday afternoon caused by a pedestrian that is now facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the incident.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Marc Alan Henry, 48, was riding his 2005 Harley Davidson FLH series motorcycle south on U.S. Highway 81, about five miles north of the Minneapolis turnoff at about 2:49 p.m., when a pedestrian identified as Calvin Richard Stewart, 47, Salina, walked out onto the highway in front of a 2011 Freightliner semi driven by Kevin Abren Wimberley, 35, Wichita.
Wimberley was forced to take an evasive action and apply his brakes, forcing him to come to a complete stop in the driving lanes to avoid striking Stewart. Behind the semi was a 2018 Kia Sportage driven by Steven Patrick McCawley, 64, The Colony, Tex. McCawley also came to a complete stop to avoid hitting both the semi and Stewart. Henry was unable to stop in time and rear-ended McCawley’s vehicle. After the impact, the Kia traveled off the west side of the roadway into the west ditch, while Henry’s motorcycle came to rest in the southbound lanes.
Henry, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the Ottawa County Health Center in Minneapolis, where he later died. Before joining the Concordia Police Department in 2012, Henry worked for the Clay Center Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He also was a member of the Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps. Henry, a native Salinan and a graduate of Salina Central High School, will be buried on Friday with full military honors. His funeral will begin at 10 a.m. at the Brown Grand Theatre in downtown Concordia. The family has asked that those in attendance wear blue.
According to the KHP, McCawley was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of his injuries, the extent of which were not immediately known. Wimberley and a passenger in his semi, Raul Javier Guillen, 32, Salina, were not injured.
Police say Stewart, who was also not injured, was apparently trying to hitchhike when he walked onto the highway. He was arrested and now faces charges of second-degree murder and pedestrian under the influence in connection with the incident.