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Archive for Saturday, September 23, 2000

Morning rush accident kills pedestrian

Heavy traffic, light rain may have contributed to fatality on North Third

September 23, 2000

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A Lawrence man died Friday morning after trying to cross a busy North Lawrence road.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said Roger Borland, 53, was pronounced dead after the 7:30 a.m. accident in front of the Total service station at 1010 N. Third St.

Lawrence Police officers, from left, Brian Kelly and Richard
Nichols, along with Randy Glidewell, take measurements in the 1000
block of North Third Street. The officers were investigating a
Friday accident that resulted in the death of pedestrian Roger
Borland, 53. Borland was struck by the pictured pickup truck while
he was crossing the street.

Lawrence Police officers, from left, Brian Kelly and Richard Nichols, along with Randy Glidewell, take measurements in the 1000 block of North Third Street. The officers were investigating a Friday accident that resulted in the death of pedestrian Roger Borland, 53. Borland was struck by the pictured pickup truck while he was crossing the street.

"Evidently, he was crossing the street and was struck by a (pickup) truck," Brown said.

Borland did not die at the scene, Brown said, but was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Brown said investigation was continuing.

He had little information about the accident, including whether the pickup driver was issued any citations.

Brown did say Borland was from Lawrence, but there was no telephone listing for him, and funeral homes said they knew nothing of his history.

The accident scene is two blocks south of where Interstate 70 exits into North Lawrence. The road is typically busy, particularly during commuting hours.

Mike Harding, an examiner at the nearby driver's license bureau, said Friday morning's light rain probably didn't help.

"It was in the morning, and it was starting to rain, so the drivers were sliding a little bit," Harding said. "There was a long skid mark, and the truck was dented pretty good."

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