A witness to a hit-and-run accident Friday night near 15th and Iowa has provided more details that Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said may lead officers and investigators to a suspect.
The car that struck bicyclist Frank Burge, 70, is now described as a late 1970s or early 1980s model dark blue, four-door hatchback. The witness told police the car may be a station wagon, possibly a Toyota. The car also appeared to have dents on the hood and a hole on the passenger side of the windshield.
Lawrence police officers reported that Burge, who was riding his bicycle south on Iowa, was struck from behind, about 100 yards from the intersection.
After the wreck, the car turned east on 15th Street.
Warren said the witness had been stopped in the northbound lane of Iowa on 15th and was able to see the car and driver fairly clearly under the streetlights as the car turned east on 15th.
The witness described the suspect as a 30-year-old male with long brown hair and a beard.
Burge remained in serious condition this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he is being treated for a broken thigh and ankle he sustained in the accident, a medical center spokesman said. Burge is a former director of the Kansas University student unions.
Police are requesting that anyone with information about the accident call the non-emergency number, 841-7210.