Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2007

Couple hospitalized after collision

April 8, 2007


A 19-year-old driver blacked out and crashed his pickup truck into a car Saturday, leaving a Lawrence couple hospitalized, police said.

The collision happened around 11:15 a.m. just south of 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.

The driver of the southbound black Ford Explorer, Cole Kilburn, drifted into the northbound lanes of Haskell and hit a grey Mercury Grand Marquis head-on, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Michael Monroe.

The driver of the car, Wilma Ridgway, 72, of Lawrence, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she was in fair condition.

Her husband and passenger, Willard Ridgway, 75, of Lawrence, was transported by ambulance to Kansas University Hospital. Monroe said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Kilburn, of Lawrence, was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released. Police are investigating what caused him to black out.


TheEleventhStephanie 11 years ago

Maybe they should have investigated why a 19 year old would be blacked out at 11am BEFORE they released him?

sourpuss 11 years ago

It is very fortunate that no one was more seriously hurt. I agree with 11th, anyone blacking out should be thouroughly examined before being released. Epilepsy? Low blood sugar? Up all night? I can assume it was not due to drugs/alcohol as the doctors would have spotted that... I'm just glad that no one died.

poppy28 11 years ago

i know this family and both were sent to ku med. they have many months of recovery ahead of them....i hope they 19 yr old driver will own up to his mistakes..

Linda Endicott 11 years ago


The article said he passed out. No reason was given, but passing out while driving is usually because of some medical condition. (I'm sure if it had been due to alcohol and drugs, the cops would have charged him with something. Surely either the cops or the hospital did tests on him. )

How can passing out be a "mistake"?

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