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Archive for Wednesday, October 21, 1998

AUTO WRECKS LEAVE FOUR IN HOSPITALS

October 21, 1998

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Three Topeka women and a Lawrence man remained in area hospitals Tuesday following two injury accidents Monday night.

Witnesses say a Lawrence man whose car rolled off a road near Brook Creek Park Monday night was speeding, and police say alcohol contributed to the accident.

David Fought, 24, was in fair condition at the Kansas University Medical Center Tuesday. Meanwhile, three Topeka residents were in area hospitals following an accident on Kansas Highway 10 at about the same time Monday night.

Molly A. Meier, 28, was in serious condition at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center; Stacy Beavers, 24, was in fair condition at the KU Medical Center; and Rebecca L. Meier, 28, was in good condition at Lawrence Memorial Hospital Tuesday.

Molly Meier was driving toward Lawrence on K-10 about 10:20 p.m. Monday when a deer crossed the road. Meier's Isuzu Rodeo hit the deer and she lost control of the vehicle, which rolled into the median and stopped on the far side of the eastbound lane.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel used equipment to extricate Molly Meier and Beavers, who were in the front seats of the Isuzu. Two helicopter ambulances flew them to Kansas City hospitals.

Minutes after the K-10 accident, police responded to another rollover on Oak Hill Avenue, about 200 feet south of the intersection of Oak Hill and Prairie avenues in Lawrence.

``Witnesses said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed ... the driver lost control and overturned,'' Lawrence police Sgt. George Wheeler said.

Witnesses told police Fought was traveling about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Police arrested Marcus Julian Knight, 26, for obstruction of the legal process after he allegedly moved a beer bottle from the accident scene and tried to hide it from police. Wheeler said Knight stood by the car, refusing to move for paramedics.

``He moved evidence from the accident scene and interfered with police and paramedics,'' Wheeler said. ``He refused to move out of the way to allow the paramedics to work. He said he wanted to stay and help.''

Police arrested Knight, who lives in the 1400 block of Oak Hill Avenue, after several warnings. Police took the bottle for evidence. Wheeler said the report didn't indicate if the bottle was open, or if it came from Fought's Chevrolet Cavalier or near the vehicle. The report lists alcohol as a contributing factor, and that alcohol was present at the scene.

Knight posted $500 bond and was released from the Douglas County Jail Tuesday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear on the obstruction charge Nov. 5.

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

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