Archive for Monday, April 16, 2007

Motorcycle wrecks include fatality

April 16, 2007


Three separate motorcycle accidents in the area Sunday left one man dead and sent two others to the hospital.

The two injured drivers were both from Lawrence, while the deceased man, William John Moser, 57, was from Liberty, Mo.

In the fatality accident, which happened about 4:40 p.m. in Leavenworth County, Moser was driving south on Kansas Highway 5 when he lost control of the motorcycle and slid under a car traveling north, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office. That car was driven by Thomas Martin Jr., 27, of Lansing.

Moser, who had the Harley-Davidson motorcycle only for a week, was traveling with a group of other motorcyclists who witnessed the crash and reported it to police. The police report did not indicate whether Moser was wearing a helmet.

In the more serious of the crashes involving Lawrence residents, Brian A. Thornton, 33, was driving his Honda motorcycle south on Wellman Road in Jefferson County around 4 p.m. when he left the road and entered the ditch, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Thornton, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then immediately taken by helicopter to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a Highway Patrol dispatcher said. His condition was not available Sunday night.

The less serious accident involved Christopher M. Hultine, 22, who was injured about 1:40 p.m. when he lost control of his Honda motorcycle when exiting U.S. Highway 40 onto Kansas Highway 10. Hultine was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was wearing a helmet.


domino 11 years, 1 month ago

I first want express my sympathy for the family and friends of the man who died in the accident. Losing someone is never easy and I am truly sorry for your loss.

It just makes me wonder - the "less serious accident" rider was wearing a helmet - was treated and released. In the "more serious" crash, the man was not wearing a helmet, was taken to LMH then immediately flown by helecopter to KU Med. It makes me wonder if the gentleman who died had his helmet on,

I worked in EMS for 10 years and know that things such as helmets and seat belts will not save you from all situations, but most of the time, they can help a great deal. In those 10 years, I only unfastened a seat belt from around one dead person - and their car had been hit on their side by a train.

yellowhouse 11 years, 1 month ago

Sadly the statistics in America reveal that Motorcyle riders are Americas number one resource for organ donation.

black_watch 11 years, 1 month ago

Some folks call them "donorcycles" for a reason. A seasoned EMT veteran once told me that motorcycle helmets were great - they give the medics something to carry the head home in. Just a thought.

My condolences to the family of the lost and well wishes for the injured.

That being said, I still like motorcycles. And "nutcase" is, in fact, a nutcase. Duly ignored.

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