Man recovering after crash on Highway 151 in Dodge County

November 7, 2018

A man who was injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday is recovering, according to a press release issued by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Sunday.

The injuries to Michael Beckwith, 66, rural Neosho, are no longer considered life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s office. Beckwith was flown to a hospital via Flight for Life after the accident.

Beckwith’s car had pulled over to the right shoulder on the northbound side, and re-entered the roadway in what was believed to be an attempt to enter a crossover to the southbound side Thursday at 7:50 p.m. when the car collided with a northbound pickup. That crossover is in place for access to a residence on the divided highway, and is not posted to prohibit U-turns.

The driver of the northbound pickup was identified as David Neitzke, 58, and passenger Renee Neitzke, also 58, both from Omro. Neither of them received injuries requiring transport.

“Though there are many of these residential crossovers on U.S. Highway 151 in Dodge County, conducting U-turns in these crossovers can be very dangerous,” the sheriff’s office wrote in the press release. “There are many safer alternatives for turning around such as the intersections with turn lanes to side roads and intersections with interchange ramps. Many of the serious and fatal traffic crashes in Dodge County on U.S. Highway 151 have occurred at these crossovers and intersections, which do not have access ramps. Extreme care should always be utilized to ensure any traffic with the right-of-way is allowed to safely pass before entering or crossing the highway.”

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