A 57-year-old St Joseph man is being held on charges stemming from a fatal traffic crash last November. According to the Kansas Chief newspaper, Dennis Meers has been charged with aggravated endangerment of a child stemming from the death of his granddaughter Cadence Orcutt, 8, in a traffic accident on 175th Road west of Wathena in Doniphan County, Kansas.
A court official in Doniphan County says the case has been sealed.
Officials say Meers was arrested for driving with a revoked license in Buchanan County June 22. He’s being held in the Buchanan County Jail on that case, and awaits extradition proceedings for his return to Doniphan County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Meers let the child drive, but she lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned. Cadence was killed when she was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of her.
Meers was transported to Mosaic Life Care for treatment of unspecified injuries.