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Boy killed when struck by minivan

January 30, 2006, 12:31 p.m. Updated January 30, 2006, 4:45 p.m.

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Bryce E. Olsen.

Bryce E. Olsen.

A 6-year-old boy was killed late this morning after he was struck by a minivan in a southeast Lawrence residential neighborhood, Lawrence police said.

The boy, who police identified this afternoon as Bryce K. Olsen, was declared dead at the scene, police said. The boy was struck about 11:40 a.m. at the intersection of East 25th Terrace and Harper Street, police said.

The boy appeared to have been crossing the street on a Razor Scooter, police said. The minivan was travelling south on Harper and turning right onto 25th Terrace when it struck the boy, police said.

The driver of the minivan, Peter Matthias Kwesi Afful, 45, Lawrence, told police he didn't see the boy before he struck him.

Police were interviewing the driver early this afternoon.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's channel 6 and pick up a copy of Tuesday's Journal-World.

Comments

jcsmom 8 years, 10 months ago

If this is the same little boy. I see him every morning on his scooter. I never see any parents watching him. Poor thing this should not have happened.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 10 months ago

Guessing kindergarden getting out at Kennedy

jdan 8 years, 10 months ago

Keep in mind, This is someones child. Ragingbear your comment comes across as very inconsiderate.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

He could be a kindergarten, who got out of school at Prairie Park.

I heard there were kids yesterday, riding scooters and big wheels in the street, but were moving out of the way when cars were coming.

nlf78 8 years, 10 months ago

My heart goes out to the family of this little boy. I think that losing a child is the hardest thing that any parent could ever death with. You will be in our prayers.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm guessing kindergarten too. This is devastating.

RonBurgandy 8 years, 10 months ago

This is really sad. To the family of this boy and the driver of the van...you will be in my prayers.

badger 8 years, 10 months ago

This is tragic, and my heart goes out to the family of that little boy.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

prospector, I agree. It's 3rd grade for bikes, but I see 1st graders with the scooters.

Also, Prairie Park lets out at 11am. So, either it took him a long time to get home, or he'd already been home and grabbed his scooter and headed out. We just don't know the situation.

However, the family and friends are in my thoughts. I can't imagine.

momof4 8 years, 10 months ago

My heart goes out to everyone involved. Several years ago, I struck a young boy(8) with my minivan. Fortunately, he was fine. I wasn't. I was devastated. I saw him, slowed down and drove on the other side of the street, he didn't even look up, and ran right in front of me. Know what the first thing the dad said to the boy was? What were you doing here, you aren't supposed to be over here. I still can't drive on that street without seeing that little boy's face as I hit him. Parents, please keep a close eye on your little ones. They can be gone in an instant.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 10 months ago

If anyone reading this from the JW, I know it's probally done automatically via computer, but do we really need to see ads for scooters on the same page as this?

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

yeah, those are google ads, they basically grab the words and whatever is on there the most, they give an ad for it.

craigers 8 years, 10 months ago

This really sucks. I will be praying for those families impacted here. I am so very sorry this happenned.

YourItalianPrincess 8 years, 10 months ago

My prayers go out this little boy's family as they are in morning now. May God keep your son in his arms and welcome him home.

samsnewplace 8 years, 10 months ago

Very, very sad situation for all involved. My prayers will be with both families.

myidea 8 years, 10 months ago

I feel for this family as well as the driver. While the article does not detail the accident in full, let me say that I live in this neighborhood. . . Harper and 25th as well as and especially 27th streets are dangerous for pedestrians. There has been more than once when I have been going the speed limit (30mph) and have been PASSED on the left by a driver going too fast. In a residential neighborhood near a school this is unacceptable!

superduper 8 years, 10 months ago

Afternoon kindergarten at Prairie Park.
The kids do play in the street often obviously unsupervised.
I just came across the intersection and the sun is right in your eyes when and where this happened.

A bad situation for everyone involved.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

East 25th Terrace and Harper is the main road from K-10. It is a very busy intersection.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

Afternoon kindergarten STARTS at 11:40.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

Any neighborhood where there is a school is an increased potential for accidents. Last year, an older elementary student was struck by a car on 27th street. The boy rode his bike out into the street, in front of the car, who tried to stop. He wasn't wearing a helmet, but thankfully, he wasn't injured too bad, other than road rash and loss of a couple of teeth.

Like I said, the intersection where the accident occurred is the main entrance to Prairie Park from k-10 (23rd street). There is constant traffic.

It's a horrific event, no matter how it happened.

adky 8 years, 10 months ago

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Christine Anderson 8 years, 10 months ago

My thanks to punkrockmom, for pointing out correctly that p.m. kindergarten starts at Prairie Park at 1140. Ragingbear, you S.O.B., that's why the little fella wasn't in school! This little guy was my little boy's friend. His parents were very loving to him, and I went on several field trips with my son's class, where this boy's father went along. A very involved and loving parent. I got a call from my ex-husband a few minutes ago telling me about this. In a few minutes, my sons ( K et 1st grade) will get off the bus, and I will have to try in vain to explain to my little one how and why something like this could happen to his buddy; someone his own age. Yes, this tragedy provides an opportunity to reinforce safe play practices to our children. But first, they need an opportunity to express their grief, be angry, cry, and ask why. To all who have criticized the parents here, SHAME ON YOU!! Don't you think that they are condemning themselves already?

Amandak 8 years, 10 months ago

Now is not the time to assign blame to the child or parents. The lesson learned from this tragedy is that we all need to be more vigilant when driving. I've had several close calls myself in my neighborhood with kids on bikes, skateboards etc. I make a conscious effort to stop, look and then look again!!! My prayers are with this young child, his family and the driver.

YourItalianPrincess 8 years, 10 months ago

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sonny 8 years, 10 months ago

I would like to say sorry for the familes loss. It's a sad day for lawrence. I hope every one takes the time to reflect on the fact what if this was your child. I'm a proud father of a 4 yr girl and a two year boy and i don't know what i would do. We should all pray for them.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 10 months ago

Is this a school zone period during lunch? I think all Lawrence neighborhood streets should be 25 MPH 24 hours a day.

I also believe all school zones should have flashing beacons as a reminder to drivers coming into the area in general. Maybe to alert drivers there are likely children somewhere in the vicinity.

No doubt the driver is stunned.

jcsmom 8 years, 10 months ago

I had a feeling it was the same little boy that I see every morning while I am taking my child to school.

kansasnative 8 years, 10 months ago

What a horrific day - my heart reaches out to this family and the driver's family. I am just aching over this loss. I do want to tell everyone that the school has been absolutely amazing in dealing with this crisis. There is a crisis team at the school right now and will be tomorrow as well for anyone with questions.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

Wow, that's hard. How old is the brother? I know one boy is 8 and I've met him. Nice kids. I'm guessing it's one of the older boys. I think that will be a horrible life experience and he'll likely blame himself for a long time. Poor kid.

Mike Blur 8 years, 10 months ago

A couple questions for the board so I can make sense of this story for myself.

One. At the three-way intersection at 25th Ter and Harper, I knew of only one traffic control device, a stop sign on southbound Harper. Is that right? It's been a while--is it a three way stop now?

Two. From what I read in the JW bulletin, the kid was southbound, turning RIGHT, and got run over. Was the 45-year-old driver in the westbound lane of 25th Terrace, or was he in the southbound lane turning right behind the kid? The bulletin doesn't make this clear.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

It's one stopsign. That's all I can answer.

Aiko 8 years, 10 months ago

Very sad and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the little guy.

nlf78 8 years, 10 months ago

I hope that the family can find peace because I'm sure this will haunt them for years to come. Then again, I'm sure the driver will be haunted for the rest of his life. And I don't know who is at fault (other than what is on this board) but I hope that he can forgive himself, IF he was at fault. Again, they are all in my prayers.

myidea 8 years, 10 months ago

the article DID say earlier that the driver had run a stop sign. . . didn't it? It doesn't now, but I think that's where people are getting this info.

myidea 8 years, 10 months ago

. . . must be from Lawrencemommy's comment

RonBurgandy 8 years, 10 months ago

I don't remember the article saying anything about the driver running the stop sign.

myidea 8 years, 10 months ago

Thanks adky. . .knew I wasn't imagining it.

Rossp 8 years, 10 months ago

Hey "myidea" The article NEVER said that the man ran a stop sign. I feel sorry for everyone involved. Everyone who's assuming and pointing fingers today make me sick. A 6 year old boy has died and we all need to be there for the families.

momof4 8 years, 10 months ago

No it didn't, I printed the orginal article and it says nothing about running a stop sign. That came from lawrencemommy's comments

adky 8 years, 10 months ago

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mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

25th terrace and harper street has only the stop sign for the driver going south.

My husband says he saw several kids riding their bikes, scooters and big wheels in the street yesterday, but were watching for traffic. He now wishes he would have stopped to talk to them.......

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

I read this article right after it was posted. I never saw it say anything about the stop sign. I got that from a post someone else posted. So, at this point, it's hearsay. Regardless, blaming is useless.

myidea 8 years, 10 months ago

HEY "Rossp" I'm not pointing fingers, was just trying to figure things out. . . that's all. . .I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for all involved.

Rossp 8 years, 10 months ago

Anyone else with me here? I think everyone making rude comments and blaming this person or that person should be removed from this site. It's got to be too hurtful to the families involved.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

The description of the accident doesn't make too much sense.
But for the driver to run the stop sign, as noted from above post, the driver had to be going south on Harper.
The boy was crossing 25th terr to his house, I assume?

I drive by there every day, and never thought that was a safe place for a house. I have seen drivers run the stop sign as I travel 25th terrace. I don't have to stop, but the traffic on harper is supposed to.

My thoughts are with the family, too. I hope someone sets up a memorial fund.....as a neighbor, I would like to donate.

Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to donate too. Maybe call the school.

jcsmom 8 years, 10 months ago

ok - can we quit talking about the article and what it said or did not say - a little boy is dead can't you just respect that.

Ragingbear 8 years, 10 months ago

Ok people, all of you really need to get over yourselves. All I asked was why the kid was not in school. When I was young, the kindergarten classes lasted a full day. I believed it was the same here.

As for the people condemning the parents, although it is not right, and many do not know the full story, the fact remains that if they were not directly supervising their kid, that they should have at least outlined the areas he was allowed to play in. The drivers in Lawrence are nuts, and will fly down these back roads at 50mph or more.

And forgive me if I don't go blubbering all over myself. A life was lost, people's lives are destroyed, and this will have lasting repurcussions throughout the neighborhood, family, and school. But as for myself, if I fell apart every time something bad happened, I would be reduced to a quivering mass of tapioca pudding. I have to go on. My sympathies are with the family. And I hope that they have insurance or something to help offset the cost of funeral expenses and such.

Basically, since I was the first poster, and wasn't all boo-hoo, and since I am often disagreeable on these boards, then you decided to attack me. Get over it people, move on. You may even know me IRL, and if that was the case, you would also know that I am one of the most big-hearted people in Lawrence.

CeeCee 8 years, 10 months ago

This little boy's older brothers attended Cordley last year. One of the nicest families you'd ever meet. My heart and prayers go out to them.

adky 8 years, 10 months ago

The best way to honor this poor kid's life is to try and make sure that nothing like this happens again. That can only be done by understanding what did happen. Too many times these tragic incidents are labelled as accidents and any lessons go unlearnt.

chsn3boys 8 years, 10 months ago

No the article doesn't say anything about him running a stop sign. Lawrencemommie's post said that she lives next to where this happened and she stated that he ran the stop sign...

Rossp 8 years, 10 months ago

Yes, they may have been questions but they seem to be people assuming. Lets all just be there for these families no matter who's to blame.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

ottr, If you know the neighborhood, you know the house. Lawrencemommy was just trying to relay information. Get over it......

jcs_mom, since I live in the neighborhood, I was just trying to understand how the accident occurred. I have already spoken to my kids today about making sure they are careful about crossing that street. The previous newspaper article didn't have it clear, although it is written much clearer now. The more I know and understand about how it occurred, then I can make sure I am even more careful at that intersection.
sorry if trying to be a more concientious driver and parent was offending to you....

future_doc2b_mos 8 years, 10 months ago

It's often at times like these that I begin to question the validity of "freedom of expression." People I just ask one thing of you...please be congizant of the fact that just because you have an opinion doesn't necessarily mean you should subject the rest of us to seeing just how stupid and heartless humanity can be. I read these things periodically and finally was so overcome with frustration by reading what some of you have written that I had to register for an account and say something. And yes, we all should get a life. There are truly more important things than reading/posting to blogs all day! I love my children and I thank God everyday for them and the time I get with them. So just pray (or send positive vibes) for all the people affected by this tragedy.

colbern 8 years, 10 months ago

My son was the boy hit by a vehicle on Lawrence Ave 1 and 1/2 years ago. I hope that there aren't too many people that have had this happen. My son is alive today; this little boy is not. I've had several comments sent to me, and it hurts to know that people out there are calling my son reckless, etc. The police report in my son's case says a different story. I am praying for this family. God knows they need it tonight.

james bush 8 years, 10 months ago

It's tragedies such as these when one hopes that God is there to receive our loved ones, especially the innocent.

mom_of_three 8 years, 10 months ago

future doc...please don't judge....... some people read the paper, and post at break, or at home during a day off. It is a way to communicate....

And some are just trying to understand how this tragedy happened, as we know the area.

Believe me, we all feel for the families involved.

kns_jayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

I live on 25th Terrace. Many times I have almost been hit pulling out after stopping at the stopsign. It is a HORRIBLE intersection. I am so cautious everytime, and it doesn't seem to matter because you can't see and the drivers coming down 25th Terrace can't see you until you're half way into the intersection. There are so many children in this neighborhood who play outside. And I always see the kids looking before they cross the street. I don't think anyone is to blame. A tragedy happened and we should be thinking about the families, instead of pointing the finger. I am so sorry for this family's loss and for the driver. It makes me sick that this had to happen for the city to consider to make changes......if that happens at all.

OhioJayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

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gccs14r 8 years, 10 months ago

Before I started school, it was hammered into my head that no one could see me and that I had to always watch for cars. When I started school, I had to cross S. Peoria in Tulsa to get there. We had a light and a guard, but before we got there we still had to be mindful of sleepy adults with frosted windows picking their way through the morning gloom.

Teach kids to look out for themselves instead of expecting others to look out for them and they might live longer. A five-year-old is not too young to learn situational awareness and the consequences of a lapse in judgement. The alternative can be rather brutal.

kns_jayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

I agree with Mulitdisciplinary. The whole thing has been taken to another level and it is unecessary. This page should be filled with support and positivity for the people involved....

sweetpeagj 8 years, 10 months ago

I have to agree with the llast two posts. This si such a tragedy on every level that opinions shouldn't have been available. All will be affected by this wether it's anger, frustration, or sympathy. Me..all three due to the fact that this is a horrible area and should have been fixed long before.

Rose Foster 8 years, 10 months ago

How about making a donation to the family? Praying for both families?

BabysMomma 8 years, 10 months ago

This story makes me WEEP. I have a 6-year-old - I can't even imagine.

You know what???

The bottom line is this: any one of us who is a driver could have done this.

Every single one of us needs to remember that NOTHING is worth rushing around town in a big tizzy for. I'm as guilty of this as anyone and vow to take my time (especially in school zones!). Better late than sorry.

This poor sweet sweet boy. And also the poor driver. Can you imagine how desolate you'd feel?

What a complete tragedy. Assigning blame after the fact is worthless. Every one of us must vow to SLOW DOWN.

Ragingbear 8 years, 10 months ago

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mztrendy 8 years, 10 months ago

I think if you are going to make a post on this thing that isn't supporting the families (both of them) then you should think twice. Why don't you go argue over something not so important like the new stoplights in town or something....

missmuffett 8 years, 10 months ago

If there is any good to come of this, keep a helmet on your child. You can get one free up to the age of 15 at any fire station in Lawrence. Lawrence passed a helmet ordinance law over a year ago this truly brings home the need. May God watch over his family at this terrible time. Our prayers are with him, his family and the driver.

cycleworks 8 years, 10 months ago

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Nikki May 8 years, 10 months ago

Anyway, I'm going to call the school tomorrow because my child needs to talk to someone about this. AND to find out if there is anything we can do as far as donations or at the least flowers. Let's move towards what we can do NOW.

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reality 8 years, 10 months ago

Okay guys, I seriously doubt that anyone of you saw accident. WHAT IF IT WAS YOU?? The driver..how bad would you feel...accidents DO happen...The parents...you weren't there...please don't judge someone in such a horrible time needed for bonding and showing how a community can come together to see that the needs of this family are met right now. Lawrencemommy...were you the person waiting to talk to every camera out there? GO BACK INSIDE!!! Give this family some privacy and let them grieve! They are just like you and I...did we need to point out that they had the house given to them...the bottom line is... A 6 YEAR OLD BOY DIED!!!! Nothing can change this fact...it is time to bond, not to stand; waiting for the cameras and point fingers on who should have done what!

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noise 8 years, 10 months ago

In this situation, none of your opinions matter. A person has died. Be quiet, and be respectful.

Grundoon Luna 8 years, 10 months ago

I can only imagine the suffering the family is enduring right now and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to them. As the mother of a 6 year old, who shared a teacher with Bryce only at different parts of the day, I know I would be crushed if I were in his mom's shoes. I am sure it won't be a picnic to live in the driver's skin for some time as well. How do you live with that? I feel for both families. It's really been hard to keep from crying this afternoon. I guess I was already emotional anyway. My friend's daughter was killed over the weekend and leaves behind two small children who will not know their mother. Such tragedy!

BTW . . . If these folks are in one of the Habitat Houses, they didn't get the house for free. Habitat recipients put sweat equity in the home and pay too. Not as much as some folks are paying for a house payment in this town, but it's not a gift - they DO pay.

cycleworks 8 years, 10 months ago

I am very dissapointed by LJW's decision to eliminate my coment. It was very carefully considered.

This kind of "accident" is all too common and almost"understandable." This was my first post. If you choose to eliminate this post I would appreciate an email to discuss.

Right hand vehicle turns can, and in this case did, kill. It will be unfortunate if this oportunity to civally discuss this issue is eliminated because it is is "too controversial".

Please consider. A kid, jogger, or cyclist has no chance against a several ton machine. Even if the smaller unit should act irresponsibly, can this, in any way, excuse the of the one in control of the larger machine from his responsibility.

I am not sure, but I believe there is a KS law to that general effect. However I am certain that is illegal to kill someone with your vehichle simply because you "did not see them"

Please do not reject this post w/o responding

Gary 550-5560

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dogfight 8 years, 10 months ago

Hay lets the lpd do there job and see wht realy happened.

To the mom and dad let me say how sorry i am i know how you feel i lost a son also

MTmom 8 years, 10 months ago

There were crisis support staff at the school this afternoon for anyone who needed them. There will be support staff available tomorrow as well. If you have any questions regarding how to help your kids deal with something like this you can talk to them. I'm involved in the Prairie Park PTA and have asked if we can donate something as a school to a memorial fund if there is one. When I find out if and where I will post it to this site.

This is a sad and horrible situation for all involved - my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

dogfight 8 years, 10 months ago

If anyone knows how i can help let know and ill be glad to help. And can we all keep them in our prayers

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mtdewgirl06 8 years, 10 months ago

I grew up in Lawrence, the children and the community as a whole has suffered a loss.. My heart goes out to the familys and the lifes that this tragedy has effected

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crockettcc 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm a mother of 4 and grew up in Lawrence. Though I've never lost a child of my own I know how it effects the entire family. 5 1/2 years ago my niece died at the age of 4. There will always be something missing in our lives. My heart goes out to the entire family for what your about to go and the of wondering of what could have been.

gaiapapaya 8 years, 10 months ago

What a tragedy. I don't know if a helmet would have saved this little boy or not, but as someone posted, free helmets are available at any fire station, and not just for kids. Adults are also welcome to the helmets. I'm not judging anyone here, just letting people know that adults can get helmets, too.

raine 8 years, 10 months ago

Someone mentioned starting a fund to help with the funeral expenses.. That's an excellent idea. when my daughter died at the age of 9 i had no money and was met at the door of the funeral home with my grief in hand and a totally hellish experience.. last thing i needed to do was try and figure out where or how i would get the money to put her body to rest. i think it was worse then her dying in my arms. we don't plan on our children dying. my heart goes out to the family.. and to the driver.

i am saddened that we have become a society of blame.. there are no accidents anymore and everyone needs to blame someone.. accidents do happen.

avetaysmom 8 years, 10 months ago

I was hit by a car when I was a child, and still to this day almost 35 years later remember that day. My prayers go out to this family. And a reminder to all parents, hug your kids a little tighter tonight, and give them a goodnight kiss.The poem says it all:

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise all over again, I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingers less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less and know to care more. I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I'd do more hugging and less tugging. I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later. I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I'd teach less about the love of power, And more about the power of love.

For_Bryce 8 years, 10 months ago

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your kind comments and some of them will be passed on to the immediate family. As far as I know the Mother and Father have not been reading the posting but I know they will appreciate your prayers. My husband and I are Aunt and Uncle to Bryce and we understand that strong feelings can come when something like this happens. For now, hold your children close and say a prayer for Bryce's family. Some of you have shown an interest in giving to a trust fund to help with expenses (God Bless You) and I will talk with the family today and see if one can be set up with a local Bank. Watch the local news tonight for confirmation or I will post an update later today.

He was a beautiful little boy and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

ForBryce 8 years, 10 months ago

For those that wish to make a donation, there is a trust fund set up at any Douglas county bank. Just request that the donations go to the "Bryce Olsen trust fund". The family is deeply saddened and the pain is weighing heavy on them at this time. I too have a 8 yr. old child. Please keep your comments civil. This is not a time to assign blame. This a time to morn.

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