An unidentified man injured in a car-pedestrian accident early today was resuscitated by a passenger in the car that struck him, Lawrence police reported.
The man, who was carrying no identification, was struck by a car at 2:10 a.m. today on Ninth Street just west of Kentucky Street, police reported. He was listed in critical but stable condition late this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
Todd Allan Shryock, 27, Eudora, was driving a 1991 Ford west on Ninth when the vehicle struck the man, police reported.
The pedestrian was taken with head and internal injuries to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then taken by helicopter to KUMC, police reported.
Police reported that Shryock initially was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol but later was released.
Typically, authorities will not charge a traffic offender with a misdemeanor offense, such as operating under the influence, if there is a chance he or she could be charged with a more serious offense later.
According to a Lawrence police report, neither Shryock nor a passenger in the car, Jo Shryock, 30, Eudora, saw the pedestrian before the accident. An accident report did not indicate the vehicle's speed.
After the pedestrian was struck, Todd Shryock flagged down the driver of a nearby vehicle and asked the driver to call police.
Meanwhile, police reported, Jo Shryock began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the pedestrian, who was not breathing after he was struck.
After a few breaths, he began breathing. The Douglas County Ambulance Service arrived shortly afterward, police reported.
The pedestrian was crossing Ninth Street in the middle of the block, police reported. The accident marks the second time in a week that a pedestrian was struck by a car in the city.
Last Thursday, Chandrakanta Shah, 58, 2024 La., died after she was struck by a car while crossing Louisiana Street near West 21st Street.