Buhler Man Accused In Deadly Accident Bound Over For Trial

Posted 1 year ago

By Fred Gough

The 37-year-old Buhler man involved in a two vehicle fatality accident and arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol and DUI was in court Tuesday.

Matthew Yoder was bound over as charged by Magistrate Judge Randy McEwen, but with an additional count of aggravated battery added by the state. 23-year-old Kyle Ridgeway of Hutchinson testified that he suffered a dislocated shoulder from the accident.

It was July 26, 2011 when Yoder was going north on Elm just after 2:30 a-m, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with east 11th, was hit broadside by the west bound car driven by Ridgeway. Yoder’s car continued to the northwest part of the intersection where it hit a utility pole.

A Passenger in Yoder’s vehicle, 29-year-old John Senabulya of Hutchinson was killed in the collision. Yoder was taken by Lifeteam Helicopter to Via Cristi, St. Francis Regional Medical Center with head injuries, but has since recovered.

A third person in the car was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Ridgeway was also taken to Hutchinson Regional for observation, but apparently did suffer some injuries.

Yoder is currently free on bond and according to testimony in court, he had a blood alcohol level of .11. He had told officers that he had five rum and cokes while at a local nightclub.

Officer Jim Wilson testified that he spoke to Yoder while at St. Francis Hospital and after he was told that his friend was killed, he began to tear up and asked himself this question? “Why did I decide to do that?” The officer told the court that he was very concerned about the condition of those involved in the accident, and was clearly upset over the situation.

With him being bound over for trial, arraignment in the case was set for January 7, however his attorney Kurt Kerns may ask for different date from Judge Trish Rose.