The blood-alcohol level of a 50-year-old Lawrence man who died late Tuesday in a one-car accident was more than three times the legal limit for drinking and driving, a Douglas County deputy coroner said today.
Dr. Laurance Price said blood tests taken shortly after the accident revealed that the blood-alcohol level of Victor J. Wilkins, 1900 W. 31st, was 0.35 percent. Under Kansas law, drivers are considered impaired if their blood-alcohol level is 0.10 percent or higher.
Price said Wilkins died of head and brain injuries in the accident, which occurred at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday four miles south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59. The accident site was near Pleasant Grove Hill.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers reported that Wilkins was northbound in a 1981 Dodge station wagon and apparently kept going straight instead of following a curve.
The car 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.
Wilkins and a passenger, Robert D. Wilkins, 50, Lawrence, were thrown out of the car. Robert Wilkins, Victor Wilkins' brother, was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was listed in serious condition today.
Obituary information for Victor Wilkins appears on page 7A of today's Journal-World.