Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Report: Driver failed to yield to mail carrier

February 8, 2007

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An accident report released Wednesday lists a driver's "inattention" and "failure to yield" as the only apparent contributing factors in a collision last week that seriously injured a local mail carrier as he walked downtown.

Lawrence police have forwarded a report from the accident to District Attorney Charles Branson's office to review whether the case could warrant any criminal charges. But the traffic report does not give any indications that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.

Postal worker Jerry L. Totten, 56, was struck by a pickup truck while crossing in a crosswalk at Seventh and New Hampshire streets.

He was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was listed in serious condition Wednesday.

The truck's driver, Gale T. Willey, 56, of Lawrence, was not cited.

Branson said Wednesday that he had not yet reviewed the case.

Comments

busymom 8 years, 3 months ago

"could warrant any criminal charges"? Wow, I thought hitting a man with his truck would warrant criminal charges w/out the use of alcohol and other drugs.

jafs 8 years, 3 months ago

How can this driver not be cited???????

jafs 8 years, 3 months ago

Of course, at least for a traffic violation.

Whether he intended to strike the carrier or not (I think you're right that he didn't), he should be liable for criminal charges.

He is at the very least criminally negligent.

News_to_me 8 years, 3 months ago

It is time to make drivers in this town accountable for their actions. Apparently, the fines for traffic violations are not stiff enough to act as a deterrent. People still run red lights, roll through stop signs, fail to yield to pedestrians etc. with relative impunity. Perhaps it is time for some criminal charges to set an example. The police can't catch them all but for those they do catch-make it hurt!

Their is absolutely NO EXCUSE for hitting a pedestrian. There is absolutely no excuse for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. We all need to slow down and be more courteous and respectful of others.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 3 months ago

at least an "inattentive driving" charge?

so, now will a roundabout be proposed for that intersection thus adding to the danger for peds?

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