Archive for Monday, September 23, 1991


September 23, 1991


A memorial service was to be held today for a Haskell Indian Junior College student who died Sunday at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident.

James Sorrell, 21, St. Ignatius, Mont., a second-year Haskell student, died at 5:05 p.m. Sunday at the medical center, a KUMC spokeswoman said.

Lawrence police said Sorrell suffered head injuries in a motorcycle accident early Friday.

Sorrell was driving the motorcycle west on Locust when it collided with a car trying to make a left turn near North Fifth Street about 1:30 a.m. Friday, police said.

Neither Sorrell nor a passenger, Kim Tracy, a 20-year-old Haskell student from Church Rock, N.M., was wearing a helmet. Tracy remained in critical condition today at KUMC with head injuries, the spokeswoman said.

A memorial service for Sorrell was to be at 4 p.m. today at the Haskell campus, said Marvin Buzzard, Haskell dean of students.

"Whenever you lose a member of your family, which is what we consider our students to be family it's pretty tough to take," he said.

Buzzard said the memorial service will consist of prayers.

"I'm sure we'll be praying for Kim Tracy also," he said.

Buzzard said the mood on campus was somber.

"I think most everybody has heard about it," he said. "If people don't know, I'm sure they'll know by the end of the day."

Information on funeral plans was not available by early this afternoon.

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