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Archive for Saturday, September 23, 2006

Man killed in hit-and-run accident

Fatality takes place at 13th and Kentucky streets

September 23, 2006

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A 22-year-old man was killed early this morning in a hit-and-run accident, Lawrence Police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported at 1:09 a.m.

According to a police news release, the man was walking across the intersection at 13th and Kentucky streets when he was struck by what may have been a silver Toyota Camry, from the 2002 model year or later.

13th and Kentucky

The Toyota sustained minor damage to the right front corner quarter panel.

Police are asking anyone who saw the accident - or the vehicle before or after the accident - to call them at 785-832-7501.

Comments

Gabe Hoffman 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad to see our local paper is on top of it.

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doc1 7 years, 7 months ago

I saw channel 5 also. I'm glad they caught the driver.

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browneyedjhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Though I don't believe that the driver was going 80 mph I still believe that people are reckless and idiotic when it comes to driving on Kentucky. I fully believe that the driver was speeding and that both parties might have been intoxicated. Either way, killing someone has got to weigh heavily on the concious of the driver, and he should offer himself up to the maximum penalty under law. Murder most likely has a terrible kharmic kick back.

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sybil 7 years, 7 months ago

I checked and din't see the article over there. I hope it is true though.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 7 months ago

KCTV5 said they found the person who hit the pedestrian.

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TheRealDecider 7 years, 7 months ago

What's the statute about leaving the scene of a fatal accident? I forgot. Anyway, the dumbass knew they screwed up real bad and left thinking he/she could get away with it. Doesn't matter whose fault it was. Still, look at Christopher Bread. Oh yeah, he was a Native American walking alone, totally different. This person, when or if caught, is probably looking at a misdemeanor. At least they weren't selling pot.

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gccs14r 7 years, 7 months ago

Three blocks away on Kentucky? 16th Street? That's almost 2000 feet. At 80 mph that's about 17 seconds, which should be plenty of time for a healthy adult male to cross the street, especially if he thinks he's about to buy the farm.

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gccs14r 7 years, 7 months ago

Pedestrians aren't always right. See the Kansas Statutes. Here's the first one:

http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatute.do?number=1976

8-1533(b) is of particular interest.

Drivers are to exercise due care, but there are limits to what one can do with a 3000 pound vehicle on short notice. Chances are the person who ran last night is at fault, but that doesn't mean that every driver is always at fault. Besides, even if the pedestrian is right, he loses. Pay attention.

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bugmenot 7 years, 7 months ago

"In order for him to die from impact the car would have had to be going at an outrageous speed (those with him estimated between 70 and 80mph)"

That is just crazy talk. A car only has to be going 15-20 mph to kill a pedestrian. Seriously.

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annemosher 7 years, 7 months ago

You are an ignorant fool if you don't believe this was 100% the fault of the crazy driver. Several reasons why this is the driver's fault: 1. The victim was walking in a group and they all thought they had plenty of time to cross, considering the car was three blocks away and the speed limit is 30mph 2. In order for him to die from impact the car would have had to be going at an outrageous speed (those with him estimated between 70 and 80mph) 3. This is a college town and weekends mean an especially large lot of pedestrians. 4. The victim hadn't had anything to drink at all 5. the person kept driving!!! 6. The victim was an extremely loved, intelligent, wonderful man and he was robbed of his life by someone so cruel that they didn't even stop after the accident. Go Lawrence police department. Catch this discusting excuse for a human being.

-a good friend of the victim and the others who were with him crossing the street when it happened

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ilkeeze 7 years, 7 months ago

I reside just a block and half from where the accident happened last night, there are actually TWO crosswalks in the area. One at 13th and Kentucky and another at 12th and Kentucky, however, I am not surprised that this happened, yet deeply saddened that it happened at all. I insist on using the crosswalks there and cars have NEVER EVER yielded for me which is unnerving seeing as an elementary school (St. Johns) is located between the two aforementioned crosswalks! My prayers are with this young man's family and friends.

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GardenMomma 7 years, 7 months ago

A car is ALWAYS supposed to give way to a pedestrian, regardless of whether the pedestrian is right or wrong.

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aha 7 years, 7 months ago

I was under the impression that pedestrians always had the right of way.

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biggunz 7 years, 7 months ago

"If you are driving a car, you are always responsible for any head-on collision that your car makes."

Disagree. What if someone crosses the center line and smacks you. Is that your fault?

Nevertheless, someone is in deep doo-doo on this one.

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enochperson 7 years, 7 months ago

If you are driving a car, you are always responsible for any head-on collision that your car makes. The man was crossing the street with other people. And the driver fled the scene most likely because of the atrocity of his/her actions. For the driver's mental sake among other reasons, he/she needs to confess to the authorities.

i made a testimony to the authorities and can now only hope for justice.

-an eyewitness.

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AslanTheLion 7 years, 7 months ago

Not to be a jerk or anything but what if this wasn't the drivers fault? People are pretty quick to judge the driver but what if the kid was drunk out of his mind???

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TheRealDecider 7 years, 7 months ago

The penalty for hit and run vehicular homicide/manslaughter is less severe here in Douglas County Kansas than the penalty for selling a quarter pound of weed. Anyone remember Chris Bread? Killed on 15th out towards the Outhouse by drunk driver Marvin Schaal, who left the scene and wasn't caught for almost 2 years. Chris was a Native American, and Marvin had a smooth talking lawyer. MISDEMEANOR!

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KS 7 years, 7 months ago

There is usually a reson why someone would take off after an accident like this. They had either been drinking or perhaps had an outstanding warrant, no insurance, etc. Bummer that someone died. Horrible. I hope they catch the driver. I had someone walk across 23rd street at Mass. about 11:30 last night against their light. Could hardly see him. It was like the guy wanted to be hit.

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Jclarkson 7 years, 7 months ago

I had driven past 13th and kentucky a couple times last night....it appeared there were a couple of parties though. Hopefully someone who was at one of the parties will say something....soon.

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hilary 7 years, 7 months ago

When are people going to realize that walking across Tennessee and Kentucky is VERY dangerous at night? Use crosswalks. Unfortunately, there are a lot of moron drivers in this town who wouldn't even stop for a crosswalk. More lighting on these streets might help. I wonder what the death toll on these roads is now. It's climbing steadily. So terrible to hear, and I hope they find who did it.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 7 months ago

Hit and run is one of the most heinous crimes that there is.

I hope that the perp is caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Thanks.

Marion.

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smitty 7 years, 7 months ago

Whoever did the hit and run on Harry Oliver got away with it but he was an indian here for a pow wow.

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 7 months ago

Why drive away? You will be found. At this point your only defense in court was you did not know you hit anyone. And a jury will still put you away for months/years.

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