ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
A Marion resident was fatally injured Oct. 2 when the vehicle she was driving was struck on the passenger side by a semitrailer at the intersection of Remington Road and U.S. Highway 56, one mile west of Marion.
Irene J. Tajchman, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred at 10:13 a.m. The truck driver, Steven Oroke, 33, of Cottonwood Falls was taken to St. Luke Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Tajchman was proceeding from the stop sign at the intersection and traveling south across U.S. 56 to continue on Remington when she was hit by the semitrailer traveling west.
Tajchman failed to yield to the truck, according to the Trooper C. Eric Rust, investigating officer on the scene for the Kansas Highway Patrol.
“The semi had the right of way, and she pulled in front of him,” Rust said.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.
Also on the scene were the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Fire Department and Marion County EMS.
Funeral arrangements for Tajchman were made with Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion with services and burial to be held Friday.
A registered nurse, Tajchman was a member of St. John Nepomucene Church of Holy Family Parish in Pilsen and the American Legion of Tampa.
She is survived by one son, Merlin Polok of Waterloo, Iowa; three daughters, Rose Polok of San Diego, Emma Davidson of Hope and Arlene Tryon of Blue Rapids; two brothers, Ed Tajchman of Garland, Texas, and Joe Tajchman of Lincolnville; one sister, Anna Marie Miller of Andover; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with the Pilsen Community Center in care of Zeiner Funeral Home.