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HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM WAS INTOXICATED

December 5, 1989

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An elderly Horton man who died Sunday in a hit-and-run accident was intoxicated when the incident occurred, authorities reported today.

Dr. Alan Sanders, deputy Douglas County coroner, announced that the blood-alcohol level of the man, Harry J. Oliver, was 0.18. Sanders said he determined the blood-alcohol level during an autopsy Sunday.

Under Kansas statutes, a driver is considered legally intoxicated if his or her blood-alcohol level is .10 or higher.

Oliver, 72, died of a head injury after being struck by a car at 13th and Massachusetts. He was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where his body was taken after it was found lying in the street.

Sanders said that in addition to the head injury, Oliver suffered leg fractures.

Lawrence police today continued to search for evidence and to request assistance from local residents in connection with the death. Chris Mulvenon, Lawrence police spokesman, urged residents with any information about the incident to contact the police department.

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