Archive for Saturday, February 25, 1995


February 25, 1995


* An 86-year-old Baldwin man was listed in critical condition late Friday night in an intensive care unit at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., after a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Baldwin. Charles Pitts was injured shortly after 3 p.m. when his car crashed into two homes in the 600 block of Eighth Street.

Baldwin Police Chief Steve Butell said Pitts may have suffered some type of medical problem as he was backing his 1986 Chevrolet out of a parking stall in the 700 block of Eighth Street. Butell said after leaving the parking stall, the vehicle continued to travel in reverse and struck the corner of a home at 619 Eighth and the side of a house at 613 Eighth before coming to a stop.

Butell said the home at 613 Eighth was owned by Roger Schafer. The impact cracked one of the home's limestone walls. The home at 619 Eighth, owned by Fred McCreary, sustained a broken window and damage to its siding.

Pitts was alone in the car, and no one inside either home was injured. He was first taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by the Douglas County Ambulance Service and then transferred to Kansas City by Lifeflight helicopter.

Condition reports

  • David C. Westphal, 50, Overland Park, was listed in fair condition Friday night at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka. Westphal was injured Feb. 15 in a one-vehicle accident about three miles west of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 40. A nursing supervisor said Westphal had been moved out of the hospital's critical care unit.
  • Richard L. Steward Jr., 40, Lawrence, was listed in fair condition Friday night in an intensive care unit at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Steward was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident near 17th and Massachusetts.
  • A 22-year-old Kansas University student remained in serious condition Friday night in an intensive care unit at KUMC with a head injury he suffered Thursday in a bicycle accident on the Kansas University campus. David McChristy, a junior from Pittsburg, was injured when his bicycle crashed into a pole near Anschutz Science Library.
  • A 19-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student who suffered an apparent alcohol overdose early Friday morning remained in critical condition Friday night in an intensive care unit at KUMC. The woman was found unconscious, sitting in the driver's seat of a small pickup truck on the Haskell campus.

Fire calls

Lawrence firefighters:

  • Responded to a false alarm at 9:06 a.m. Friday at 2400 Packer Road.
  • Responded to a false alarm at 9:08 a.m. Friday at 609 N.H.
  • Stood by at 5:09 p.m. Friday for the landing and takeoff of a Lifeflight helicopter at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.

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