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CALL FOR HELP HEEDED

December 1, 1998

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Police distributed fliers in their search for the identity of a woman who remained unidentified until a co-worker recognized the person in the photo.

A public call for help paid off Monday night for Lawrence police in their search for the identity of a woman who was hit while crossing a street Sunday morning.

A co-worker at The Granada, 1020 Mass., recognized Dorothy Kay's face on fliers distributed by police downtown Monday afternoon, Lt. David Cobb said.

Later, following a television broadcast asking for information in the case, five more people called, including the woman's father.

Richard Kay, a professor emeritus of history at Kansas University, was unavailable for comment Monday night. Employees at The Granada refused comment Monday night.

Dorothy Kay, 19, is freshman at KU. She remained in serious condition Monday night at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler said Kay has head injuries and possible spinal injuries.

Kay was crossing Kentucky near 11th Street Sunday morning when she was hit.

Until police received a phone call about 6 p.m. Monday, they had nothing more to go on than some sparse information mumbled during one of the victim's moments of consciousness: that her name was "Donna," and she was 17 years old.

No one filed a missing person report fitting her description, and her pockets contained no identification when police found her lying in the road shortly after the 2:20 a.m. accident on Sunday.

Officers Monday afternoon visited the medical center but were unable to interview Kay, Wheeler said. Several police, however, visited bars and other businesses downtown to show patrons and employees the fliers and her picture.

Police said Ryan Krase, 22, of Wichita was the driver of the Isuzu pickup truck that struck Kay. According to police, the pickup was heading north on the one-way (northbound) street prior to the accident. A witness said Krase slammed on the brakes before hitting the woman. The witness heard the tires squeal on the pavement and turned to see Kay on the hood of the truck. She hit the windshield, breaking it, Wheeler said.

Krase stopped and waited for paramedics and police.

As in the past, police are waiting for a full report -- including the results of any blood-alcohol tests that might have been done -- before any arrest is made or charges are filed in the wreck.

The accident marks the second one involving pedestrians in the past two weekends in Lawrence. On Nov. 21, three Kansas University students were run over -- allegedly by a drunken driver.

Justin Barron, 20, remained in fair condition Monday at the Kansas University Medical Center. Mark Talley, 20, and Clinton Rousseau, 20, have been released from hospitals.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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