Archive for Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Baker student in serious condition after rollover

September 4, 2007

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Molly Larson, the 20-year-old Baker University student injured in a rollover accident Sunday, is in serious condition in a Kansas City-area hospital today, according to Baker Spokesman Steve Rottinghaus.

Larson, from Vancouver, Wash., was flown to the hospital after the rollover wreck Sunday afternoon two miles southeast of Lawrence.

Rottinghaus said a prayer vigil is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for Larson at the Osborne Chapel.

Lt. Kari Wempe, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said Larson was headed north on County Road 1055 at 12:30 p.m. when she veered off the east edge of the road. She tried to pull her vehicle back onto the road but lost control.

"It appears there was some overcorrection, which caused the vehicle to roll several times," Wempe said.

Witnesses said the white Nissan Pathfinder with a Washington state license plate ended up on its wheels in a ditch on the western side of the road facing south, although vehicle parts were strewn across the road.

The accident happened about two miles south of 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical workers extricated the woman from the vehicle. A helicopter ambulance then flew her to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. She was driving alone.

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