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PSU saddened by death of student in traffic accident near Riverton

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Updated December 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM: NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

PSU saddened by death of student in traffic accident

Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott issued the following statement upon learning of the death of PSU student James Lee Potocnik. Potocnik, a 30-year-old native of Frontenac, Kansas, passed away as a result of a two-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 69A, just north of Riverton.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in Saturday's accident. There are few things more difficult in life than to lose a loved one during the holidays. I extend my deepest sympathies to James's family and friends and offer condolences on behalf of the entire Pittsburg State University community."

Potocnik was a junior, majoring in electronics engineering.

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Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM:  The Kansas Highway Patrol waits for autopsy results to confirm the identity of a crash victim in Southeast Kansas.

The crash happened early Saturday morning on Highway 69 north of Riverton.

A Trailblazer crossed the center line, striking a semi truck head-on.

Police say the driver of the Trailblazer was killed and the vehicle burned from the impact.

 

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