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DRUNK-DRIVING ACCIDENT BRINGS FOUR DAYS IN JAIL

September 8, 1999

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A Kansas University student who was hit by a truck driven by a drunk driver still suffers from memory loss, her attorney says.

A Wichita State University student will spend four days in jail for running into a Kansas University student while she was crossing a street last November.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild doubled the normal sentence for a first driving under the influence offense -- two days in jail -- on Tuesday when he sentenced Ryan Krase, 23.

Krase pleaded no contest in the case, and the Douglas County District Attorney's office dropped a second charge of aggravated battery.

Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Jerry Little said Krase's blood-alcohol content was .176, almost twice the legal limit, when he struck Dorothy "Sally" Kay, now 20, on Nov. 29 as she was walking home from work at The Granada, 1020 Mass.

Krase also was ordered to pay a $200 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

In addressing the court before Fairchild handed down the sentence, Krase said he thinks about the accident every day and counsels his friends on the consequences of drinking and driving.

But he said that Kay, who was crossing the street at 11th and Kentucky when he had a green light, bears some of the responsibility.

"I've always taken full responsibility for my actions in this, but I don't think my actions were 100 percent" at fault for the accident, Krase said.

Kay was not at the hearing because she became upset at the preliminary hearing and her doctor advised her not to attend, said Jack Brand, a Lawrence attorney who is representing the Kay family. Although the family hasn't filed a civil lawsuit against Krase, Brand said there are discussions about restitution.

Kay is the daughter of Richard and Sherry Kay. Richard Kay didn't speak during the hearing, but after the hearing he said his daughter again is attending classes at KU.

But the head injuries Kay sustained in the accident make it harder for her. She has memory losses, Brand said.

Krase was driving near the 30 mph speed limit when he struck Kay. She was in a Kansas City, Kan., hospital for several days before police were able to identify her. Co-workers at The Granada called police when they recognized her photo in media reports.

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

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