Alcohol contributed to a single-vehicle accident that killed a Kansas University student Oct. 2, a Lawrence police report said.
Neil Hockenbarger, 26, of Lawrence, died at the scene of the crash, which happened about 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Michigan Street and Sunchase Drive, north of the Kansas Turnpike in Lawrence.
Hockenbarger, also an Air Force staff sergeant, was driving too fast for conditions, driving recklessly and/or carelessly, and was under the influence of alcohol, the police report said.
Hockenbarger was driving a 2008 gray Mazda. He lost control, left the street and struck a tree and a utility pole, splitting the pole in two and destroying his car, police said. He had to be cut from his seat belt to be removed from the vehicle, according to the report.
His wife, Tiffany Hockenbarger, 25, Lawrence, was riding in the car and suffered minor cuts and bruises, police said. She was checked and released at the scene after opting not to get medical attention.
The accident happened just feet from the couple's home on Sunchase Drive.
Police said the car was believed to be headed north on Michigan Street when the driver missed a turn onto Sunchase Drive and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to hit the utility pole and ultimately come to rest against a tree. The car did not catch fire, as preliminary reports indicated.
Neil Hockenbarger was born and raised in Leavenworth. He graduated in 2000 from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton. He has family in Leavenworth and De Soto. He was taking classes through a program with KU's Air Force ROTC unit.
Services for Hockenbarger are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dwight Eisenhower V.A. Medical Center Chapel, Leavenworth.