Archive for Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pedestrian injured in Friday night accident dies

Martin J. Howard was struck by a motorcycle while walking near the intersection of Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway

A Virginia man struck by a motorcycle Friday night while crossing a busy south Lawrence street has died from his injuries.

October 19, 2008


Martin Howard, the Virginia Beach, Va., man struck by a motorcycle Friday night while walking across Iowa Street, died Saturday night of his injuries, a family member said.

Howard, 56, was visiting Lawrence on business, his brother Dan Howard said Sunday in a phone call from Walworth, N.Y. Martin Howard worked with an agency that contracted with the federal government, assessing buildings and projects, his brother said. He traveled for his work and had planned to be in Lawrence for one day.

Prior to the accident, Howard had spoken on the phone with a loved one and said he was going to go out for a walk, Dan Howard said.

The accident occurred near the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets. According to Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren, Howard was walking from east to west across Iowa Street near Chili's Grill and Bar, 2319 Iowa, when he was struck by a 1996 Yamaha 600 driven by Eryn Kendle, 19, Eudora. Kendle was driving south on Iowa Street. Warren said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Kendle had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Dan Howard said his brother suffered significant head trauma from the accident. He died Saturday night at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he had been taken by helicopter ambulance.

Martin Howard had a wife, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren. He was one of seven children and had a large extended family, Dan Howard said.

"He always made everybody laugh," Dan Howard said. "He was very quick-witted. He loved his family, and his family loved him."


bearded_gnome 8 years ago

life is temporary, ends suddenly, and sometimes goes by too quickly. "He always made everybody laugh," Dan Howard said. "He was very quick-witted. He loved his family, and his family loved him."thank you ljworld for this. he died on our streets, working in our community. should his family or friends read these comments, some of us in lawrence are praying for you in this time of sudden loss. God keep you in the hollow of His hand.

NotASquishHead 8 years ago

I'll agree most street lighting is poor, but some of our fellow residents are to blame. Look at Kasold Drive for example! The city put up really nice lighting and big surprise here.... everyone complained! So, the city had to make it dim again...

Calliope877 8 years ago

That's so sad.:(My condolences to the family.

Luxor 8 years ago

I am so sad to hear this. What a terrible accident.

SMe 8 years ago

My sympathies to both parties families.

ralphralph 8 years ago

OMG.This is tragic. Really tragic.Let's all look out for each other.

dweezil222 8 years ago

My sympathies to the man's family, but there's probably nothing the man could've done. You can't see a damn thing at night on that street.

broddie 8 years ago

the article makes it clear that the pedestrian wasn't using the crosswalk. He probably didn't see the motorcycle. Motorcycles are a bit harder to see than cars. The 23Rd/Iowa intersection is the most pedestrian-unfriendly intersection in Lawrence. It effectively serves to prevent people from East of Iowa from getting West of Iowa, where all the wide bike trails and sidewalks are along Clinton Parkway. The city needs to step up and build pedestrian overpasses at these types of intersections. Also, the city needs to provide the same wide sidewalks that exist West of Iowa on Clinton ALL THE WAY EAST to Harper on 23rd StreetI believe the city got federal funds to build the wide sidewalks west of Iowa and are in violation of the law for "redlining" East/Central Lawrence and making it hard to be a pedestrian/biker in these neighborhoods.

MeAndFannieLou 8 years ago

There are a number of reasons peds don't use crosswalks. Maybe it's too far out of the way, and then you can stand there through several light cycles and never get a turn because drivers who are turning don't yield. Busy streets should have pedestrian bridges.

Judgesmails 8 years ago

Another death at that intersection.I'm sure the motorcyclist will get off just like the semi driver that killed a guy did.Both probably we're speeding and ran lights.People drive like idiots in this town.

shannanturner1 8 years ago

There have been way too many deaths involving vehicles this year alone. Especially motorcyle accidents, can we not pay more attention to the pedestrians while riding a bike? This man was here on business and lost his life, wow what does this say for how we treat our visitors?

4thgencowgirl 8 years ago

How terrible!!! My sympathy to the family. I used to walk everywhere in this town before driving. No more!!!

KEITHMILES05 8 years ago

I came upon the accident shortly after it happened and saw a motorcycle in the road. I didn't see a car in the immediate area so I knew it was something different.

NotASquishHead 8 years ago

Very sad deal and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. We just have to remember that Mr. Howard is now in a much better place.To shannanturner1: Sounds like the pedestrian should have been using the crosswalk, especially at night. Not the motorcyclists fault. I don't know of any crosswalks in front of chili's. Just a tragic combination of events.

Jackson 8 years ago

Iowa should be as bright as daylight from 6th to 33rd st.Westar & the city are guilty of extremely poor street lighting on 6th, 23rd, & Iowa streets in particular.Most Lawrence street lighting is 1950's quality.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

To shannanturner1: Sounds like the pedestrian should have been using the crosswalk, especially at night. Not the motorcyclists fault. I don't know of anycrosswalks in front of chili's. Just a tragic combination of events.uh, no. as I read both articles,, "in front of" the restaurant is quite possibly where he wound up. please don't rush to blame a dead guy for his death, that's really classless, especially when we don't know what happened.

mislis80 8 years ago

teacher101, stop being such a troll.

rodriguez33 8 years ago

Listen up, the guy on the bike is my roommate. No he wasn't speeding. He was going between 20-30mph. (Cops said) No he didn't run a stop light. He turned south onto Iowa [from 23rd] and the car in front of him slammed on its breaks. He swerved around the car and then saw the guy crossing the street. (Guy wasn't using a crosswalk) He then deliberately put his bike to the ground to avoid the guy. The bike is what took the pedestrians legs out from under him and you know the rest. This wasn't my roommate's fault. The police even said he did everything he could to avoid the guy. He risked his own life! There's no one to blame but the guy crossing the road.

belliviasmom 8 years ago

I have know the guy on the bike for almost his whole life. He has a wonderful family, is a great guy and a good christian. LIke his roommate said he did everything that he could to avoid the accident, including risking his own life. Poeple need to think about what they are saying before they get on here and say whatever they feel like. What if this had been your brother or son? I'm sure you would want people to know the entire story before passing judgement and saying horrible, untrue things.

doula5 8 years ago

The family of Martin Howard, the pedestrian killed in the accident, would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayer's. This was a tragic accident. From everything we know Marty attempted to cross the street and for some unknown reason he either failed to see the oncoming traffic or thought he had enough time to get across. We will probably never know. We believe the motorcyclist did everything in his power to avoid this accident. Unfortunately the accident did occur affecting two lives. We believe one was taken to a higher place to be with his lord and savior. The other, an innocent motorcyclist, who was put into this situation through no fault of his own. Who knows why things happen, we just want you to know that no one blames you,in fact it's just the opposite. We are truly sorry this happened to you. We can not even begin to imagine the pain you must be going through or how you feel. We want you to know that all of our prayers are with you and your family. We pray with God's help you will get through this terrible ordeal.

Wendy magillicutty 8 years ago

wow, very powerful. I'm so glad that this posting had a good outcome; these two friends/family groups could reach out to each other. Thank you for sharing it with us.

kindleb 8 years ago

I am the grandmother of the motorcyclist and I want to express my sympathy to the family of the pedestrian and thank you for the prayers for my grandson and family. We have lost loved ones in the last few years, so we know how much you are going to miss your loved one. My grandson is a good kid and he tried everything to avoid this tragedy.

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