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Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2007

KU student injured in single-vehicle wreck

October 7, 2007, 2:28 a.m. Updated October 7, 2007, 11:45 p.m.

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KU student flown to K.C. hospital after car crash

Police say a 19-year-old KU student and Free State grad, Kalen Siebert, crashed his pickup around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Enlarge video

Kalen Siebert, 19, was driving a blue Ford pickup truck southbound on Iowa Street. When he turned westbound onto 23rd Street, his vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall on the south side of the street. Siebert was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Kalen Siebert, 19, was driving a blue Ford pickup truck southbound on Iowa Street. When he turned westbound onto 23rd Street, his vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall on the south side of the street. Siebert was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

A Kansas University student injured in an early morning crash Sunday is listed in fair condition.

Kalen Siebert, 19, was driving a blue Ford pickup truck southbound on Iowa Street. When he turned westbound onto 23rd Street, his vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall on the south side of the street. Siebert was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 2 months ago

20 grand for that flight FYI. I know someone who got that bill this year. Hope he's ok.

Crossfire 7 years, 2 months ago

A 19 year old left AXIS at a high rate of speed. One tough bouncer in a tutu was in hot pursuit. Knowing that the woods west of town is a good place to elude a guy in high heels our hero tried to make right hand drift. That terrible sound, then... He slammed his truck into the wall... Don't mess with "The TuTu"

Ragingbear 7 years, 2 months ago

Cellphone driving. It impairs corners the most. Still think it's safe? Say that to the kid you got stuck in your front bumper.

compmd 7 years, 2 months ago

srj, are you sure that wasn't the entire hospital bill? That seems a little high from what I remember the basic medevac charges being.

I hope the kid is ok, regardless of whether or not he was being stupid. Driving into a concrete wall can't be a pleasant experience.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 2 months ago

Too drunk. Too fast. But, not too late to learn a lesson, I hope.

darkblossom 7 years, 2 months ago

I was there after the fact, and let me say, it'll be a miracle if this kid survives. I live across the street from where this happened. My husband and I were just going to bed when we started hearing sirens. The sirens went on for at least 30 minutes, and then we started hearing the helicopter. It was flying low, circling over the area around 23rd and Iowa, so of course we jumped out of bed and went out to see what was going on. (Little known fact: there have been 6 arsons in the area in the last 8 months) so we thought "oh no, another fire". We followed the sounds and lights until we saw what was going on. The truck was facing West in the East-bound lane of Clinton Pkwy, about 100 feet from the intersection. There was a white car in the left turn lane (going eastbound), the people inside were being questioned by the police. As we watched, the police and firefighters used the jaws of life to take the top of the pickup truck off. The EMT's pulled the driver out of the passenger side of the truck, put him on a stretcher and into an ambulance. Several minutes later (15 or so) they put him in the helicopter which flew East towards KC. From the way the police were measuring and taking pictures it looks like the kid turned right off of Iowa street going way too fast, went over the divider and slammed into the wall near the Verizon store. The front drivers side of the truck was smashed into a 45 degree angle and the steering column was pushed back a couple feet into the cab. A single sandal was left in the drivers seat. This should be a lesson to all to drive safely, don't drive drunk, and most of all be conscious of those around you when you drive late at night in Lawrence. This accident could have been much worse, this kid could have hit another car or a pedestrian instead of just putting himself in danger. Parents, teach your kids how to drive safely. Put it in their heads at a young age that driving drunk is the same as pointing a loaded and cocked gun at your own head, not to mention those of everyone else on the road! With that said, my prayers go out to the driver and his family in this hard time. I can only hope that the driver will be alright, will survive at least, and hopefully learn from this terrible mistake.

Billy Smith 7 years, 2 months ago

what an idiot. everyone has to be speed racer

rockerhawk689 7 years, 2 months ago

when will we be able to find out the name? I think I know the driver but I'm not sure. My prayers are with his family right now!

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