A 19-year-old Kansas University student was listed in critical condition this morning after a one-car accident on the KU campus early this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Ryan L. Garrison, 19, 1327 Covington Ct., was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was later transported by helicopter to the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Theresa Archer, 19, 1654 Miss., who was a passenger in the car was transported to LMH and released earlier this morning. Both are freshmen.
According to KU police reports Garrison was driving south on Sunflower Road, near Bailey Hall, when he failed to make a curve and drove into a tree on the east side of the street.
KU police officer Burdel Welsh said this morning that the driver's side of Garrison's 1986 Mazda RX-7 struck the tree, damaging tires and breaking out the windshield and several windows in the car. Officers at the scene estimated that the car was a total loss.
Another passenger in the car, Damien Bramlage, 17, 735 Sunset, was not injured.
Welsh said that he had not received any reports on whether Garrison had been drinking. Welsh said KU police checked the street after the accident and found that street conditions were dry.
A KUMC spokeswoman was not sure about the extent of Garrison's injuries, but police reports indicate that Garrison was suffering from head trauma and possibly a broken neck.