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Suspect at large in deadly hit and run near Stafford; wife wants justice

By Adam Knapp, Writer/Web Producer, aknapp@kwch.com
Published On: Nov 05 2013 08:56:22 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 09:57:22 PM CST
STAFFORD COUNTY, Kan. -

Police are looking for the driver in a fatal hit and run collision near the city of Stafford.

The victim of the collision was Scott Burton, 39.

"I want this person who did this to come forward," said Burton's wife, Heidi Burton. "Or if somebody knows any information, come forward and help us find this person. ... The biggest thing on my mind is finding the person who did this to my husband and getting some justice and having them be held accountable for what they did."           

The collision happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, about two-tenths of a mile west of Stafford.

Burton was securing a bus onto a truck-tractor trailer. He was at the driver’s rear of the trailer when an unknown west bound vehicle struck and killed him.  

A witness who arrived just after the collision reported an unknown maroon Oldsmobile passenger car was on the scene with its emergency flashers on.  As the witness was pulling up to the scene, the driver left traveling west bound on U50.

The witness was unable to get a license plate or provide descriptions for the drivers or whatever occupant was in the vehicle.

Another witness who arrived on scene reported following an older unknown make and model white passenger car on U50 from the east while driving west bound prior to the collision. The white passenger car was reported to be driving all over the roadway. They were unable to provide a license plate or driver and occupant descriptions.

Burton's wife said he was the father of five children, three of them younger than nine.

"Scott was a good person," she said. "There was nobody he came across that did not like him, or love him, because he was so loveable. We used to joke about his laugh being like Santa because it was so jolly. ... We deserve justice, he deserves justice. He is a good man and a great father and the best husband anybody could have ever have."

Anyone who might have information about the collision is asked to call Trooper James Robinson, at (316) 744-0451.

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