Oct 31, 2020

Kansas sheriff's deputy dies in crash with school bus

Posted Oct 31, 2020 11:30 AM
Cpl. Daniel Abramovitz-courtesy Leavenworth Co. Sheriff
Cpl. Daniel Abramovitz-courtesy Leavenworth Co. Sheriff

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY—A Kansas sheriff's deputy died in an accident just before 4p.m. Friday in Leavenworth County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2006 Bluebird school bus with USD 464 Tonganoxie and driven by Cherie L. Williams, 62, Tonganoxie, was northbound on 211th Street at McIntyre Road. The driver failed to yield while continuing to drive north.

A westbound unmarked 2014 Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department Ford Explorer driven by Cpl. Daniel R. Abramovitz, 59, Leavenworth, struck the passenger's side of the bus.

The bus traveled off the roadway to the northwest overturned and struck a stop sign and a fence line. The SUV rotated and came to rest to the north of the intersection.

 Abramovitz was pronounced dead at the scene. EMS transported Williams to Providence Medical Center. One passenger on the bus Kaleb D. Seifkas, 8, Leavenworth, was not injured.

Abramovitz had worked at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and was looking forward to retirement on March 1, 2021, according to a media release from the sheriff's department.  He was most recently assigned to the Investigations Division, where his focus was sex crimes and child sexual abuse cases.

“Abramovitz was well-respected and much loved. He leaves to mourn his loss Carol and three adult children, Chrissy, Randi and Raymond as well as two siblings," according to Sheriff Andrew Dedeke.