Buhler Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Enters “Not Guilty” Pleas

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

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As it stands now, a 37-year-old Buhler man charged with involuntary manslaughter, DUI and two counts of aggravated battery will face trial in March.

Judge Trish Rose set a date of March 12 for the trial for Matthew Yoder. She also set a motion deadline in the case for February 15. This after he entered “not guilty” pleas to charges.

It was July 26, 2011 when Yoder was going north on Elm just after 2:30 a-m, and ran a stop sign at the intersection with east 11th, was hit broadside by a west bound car driven by 23-year-old Kyle 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. He testified at the preliminary hearing that he suffered a dislocated shoulder from the accident.

Yoder allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .11. He had told officers that he had five rum and Cokes while at a local nightclub.

Again, as it stands now, the trial will be held in March, however that is always subject to change.


  • WOW

    I am sorry that John was killed but he should have not gotten in a car that was driven by someone drunk. We are responsible for our actions and he chose to get in the car. It is a sad situation anyway you look at it.