Three Cheney residents perish in Kingman Co. crash


By Travis Mounts

KINGMAN CO. – Three people died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened in Kingman County last Friday. All four people involved were from Cheney.
The accident happened about 10 miles west of Cheney at the intersection of NE 10 Street and NE 100 Avenue. The area also is known as Midway.
Justin Robert Martin, 21, Ashley J. Ashwill, 25, and Franklin Leroy “FL” Young, 89, all perished in the crash, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. They were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
John D. Stewart, 61, was taken to Ascension Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital with suspected serious injuries.
The KHP reports that a 2004 Chevrolet Classic driven by Martin was northbound on NE 100 Avenue. Ashwill was a passenger in the vehicle. Young’s 1992 Chevrolet 2500 truck was eastbound on NE 10 Street, pulling a stock trailer, with Stewart as a passenger in the truck.
Martin’s vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by Young’s vehicle on the driver’s door in the middle of the intersection.
The KHP said Martin and Ashwill were wearing seat belts, while Young and Stewart were not. The accident happened around 10 a.m. Friday.
A funeral service for Young was held on Tuesday at Kingman United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Nyla, four adult children, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help offset the funeral costs for Martin, who is survived by his parents, Scott and Amy Martin of Cheney. Visit A celebration of life is planned for 3 p.m. Sept. 10.
Ashwill is survived by her two young children, Ryan Ukena and Tru James, parents Scott and Diana Ashwill, and a brother. A GoFundMe account has been set up at A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka.