Maria Thorson, 25, who was injured in a two-car accident on Kansas Highway 10 on Oct. 23, was moved out of Kansas University Hospital's intensive care unit late Tuesday night and is continuing to recover, according to her mother, Amy Thorson.
Maria Thorson was flown by air ambulance to the Kansas City, Kan., hospital with severe injuries following the accident that occurred about 1:40 p.m. a mile west of Lawrence on the South Lawrence Trafficway.
James Keeton Jr., 21, a Kansas University junior from Wichita, died at the accident scene. According to Edna Buttler, Kansas Highway Patrol technical trooper, Keeton was attempting to pass a limousine in the west lane, failed to yield to oncoming traffic and struck, head-on, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driving east. The Corolla was driven by Thorson, a KU doctoral student from Wisconsin.
Buttler said that while the collision was head-on, most of the damage was on the driver's side of each vehicle.
Thorson was test-driving the Toyota Corolla. Her passenger, John R. Revenew, 56, Lawrence, was a salesman for Crown Automotive. Revenew was in stable condition Thursday at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, according to a hospital spokeswoman.