Wreck kills owner of convenience store

Gerald Aday, 60, Chanute, owner of Aday’s Speedy Mac in Humboldt, died at the scene of a motorcycle accident in Topeka Friday afternoon.
The Topeka Capital Journal reported that Aday’s motorcycle was on the wrong side of the road in the 9200 block of S.W. Topeka Boulevard and collided with a sport utility vehicle.
The utility vehicle, a Ford Excursion driven by Charlette Hermann, 65, Wakarusa, then crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a GMC flatbed truck.
Hermann suffered an injury not believed to be life-threatening. A passenger in Hermann’s vehicle, William Tefft, Wakarusa, received critical injuries and was transported to a Topeka hospital.
The driver of the flatbed truck, Daniel Reser, Overbrook, and a passenger, Howard Harvey, Topeka, were also injured.
Aday’s Speedy Mac has remained closed since the accident.
An investigation into the accident continues. Sgt. Justin Vest of the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department told the Capital Journal that alcohol was believed to be involved. Additional information was expected today when results of an autopsy are released by the Shawnee County Coroner’s Office.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., snarled traffic along the roadway, where many were headed to the NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park, just north of the accident.