A 47-year-old Lawrence man was killed and his 50-year-old brother was seriously injured in a one-car accident late Tuesday about four miles south of Lawrence, authorities reported today.
A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said this morning that Victor J. Wilkins, 1900 W. 31st, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday. The accident occurred four miles south of the city on U.S. Highway 59 near Pleasant Grove Hill, where the highway curves to the east.
Wilkins' brother, Robert D. Wilkins, Lawrence, was listed in serious condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken by Life Flight helicopter after the accident.
The dispatcher said troopers assumed that Victor Wilkins was driving when the accident occurred and that he apparently kept going straight instead of following the curve.
The 1981 Dodge station wagon in which the victims were riding went off the west side of the highway, hit a sign and then struck an embankment. The car went airborne, then came to rest on its top.
Both men were thrown out of the car, the dispatcher said, and neither man was wearing a safety belt.
The Highway Patrol listed Robert Wilkins' address as 1129 Conn. However, a resident of that house said this morning that Robert Wilkins had not been living there recently.
The fatality was the second in Douglas County over the past three weeks. James A. Hoffman, 22, 1720 W. 20th Ter., died May 13 when the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle about 2 1/2 miles west of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 40.
Douglas County prosecutors are investigating reports about the accident to decide whether to file criminal charges against the other driver, Mohammed Al-Raqabani, 18, 1515 Engel.
Al-Raqabani suffered hand and leg injuries in the crash. He and Hoffman were Kansas University students.