Archive for Friday, July 24, 2009

Police release names of teens involved in Wednesday crash

July 24, 2009


Police on Friday released the names of the children injured during a Wednesday afternoon crash.

Katlin McLoud, 15, of Lawrence, was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after the crash, which occurred just north of the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Harvard Road, police said. Her condition was not available from the hospital Friday.

McLoud was a passenger in a truck, driven by a 14-year-old Ethan Mireles, which hit a tree, police said. Mireles told investigators his foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator as he was turning a corner, causing him to drive into oncoming traffic and careen off the road, police said.

Mireles was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Police said two other passengers, Gary Kline, 10, of Topeka, and Emilio Mireles, 11, of Lawrence, were taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where their conditions were not available Friday.


parrothead8 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow. The driver was 14? And nobody over 15 was even in the vehicle? How did these kids wind up with a truck to drive around?

I hope the girl is okay.

puddleglum 8 years, 9 months ago

ah yes, the old "foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator" story....that excuse didn't work 30 years ago, dude. ain't gonna fly here either. next?

gsxr600 8 years, 9 months ago

I didn't think LJW mentioned minors in investigations..... There is no way in absolute #### that the foot slipped off the brake and onto the power pedal. It's one or the other. He probably accelerated through apex way to hard and panicked.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 9 months ago

According the first story, they had stopped at the intersection. This implies that "Greased Lightning" must have simply FLOORED it at the stop sign and attempted to turn (in a pickup - extreme oversteer condition) with the pedal down. Inexperience & poor judgment are the main ingredients here.

Yes, the "story" to be investigated is whether this is theft, or if someone actually handed him keys.

jayhawk9 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow.... 14 behind the wheel by themselves? I am scared to drive anymore with kids this young behind the wheel.

CLARKKENT 8 years, 9 months ago

what the hell was a 14 year old doing without a licensed driver with him. i do hope there was a ticket written like they would an adult in the same situation.

3up3down 8 years, 9 months ago

Parent responsibility is totally lacking. The ticket needs to be given to the parent. Let the parent explain to the judge why they let their unlicensed teen drive the family vehicle. Maybe the parent needs to be restricted 'to and from work only' for a while. Maybe they will take their responsibilities as a parent a little more to heart.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 9 months ago

I believe this is all the fault of the 10 year old Topeka resident. Unless this was an Adventures in Babysitting situation gone awry..somebody has some 'splaining to do!

Scott Kaiser 8 years, 9 months ago

3up3down, By not giving the juvenile a ticket/punishment, that is furthering the concept of not taking responsibility for their actions. In my opinion, BOTH juvenile and parent should be held accountable.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 9 months ago

Maybe both parents were at work and had no idea what was going on. If you raise children up and they never do anything like this, good for you. I think the rest of us can understand that now the parents are torn between anger, frustration, and worry. This is not to say that children should not be taught that actions have consequences. In my opinion the idea that the parents should have taught their children better does not wash. All parents have children who do not obey them at times.

jonas_opines 8 years, 9 months ago

"Let the parent explain to the judge why they let their unlicensed teen drive the family vehicle."

Like maybe the kid took the spare set of keys out of the drawer without asking while the parents were out? Parents aren't omniscient, kids misbehave. The kid needs to get punished, but hopefully already learned some lessons with seeing his friend get life-flighted to KU Med.

coolmom 8 years, 9 months ago

i hope that kid is okay. i hope they all are.

kberry 8 years, 9 months ago

I hope that all of the children are okay and that the one(s) responsible for the incident (driving or encouraging another to drive) are grounded for a VERY long time.

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