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Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pedestrian injured in accident on Sixth Street

An 84-year-old man was taken to an area hospital after being hit by a car Thursday. The man was jaywalking when the accident occurred. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

October 8, 2009, 1:11 p.m. Updated October 8, 2009, 4:08 p.m.

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Sixth Street traffic was reduced to one lane each way during part of the lunch hour Thursday after a vehicle-pedestrian accident near Sixth and Colorado streets.

An 84-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Sgt. Michael Monroe, a Lawrence police spokesman. The accident occurred at 12:10 p.m.

Monroe said an 82-year-old Lawrence man was driving east on Sixth Street and struck the man.

Lawrence resident Karen Lyerla, who was driving east on Sixth Street, said an older man was walking across the street when a driver in front of her slammed on his brakes, unable to avoid the pedestrian.

“I’m thinking (the driver) did everything he could,” Lyerla said.

There is no crosswalk in the area of the accident, which is east of Sixth and Iowa streets. Monroe said officers issued a the pedestrian a citation because he tried to cross the street there.

Comments

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

I wonder why this doesn't say pedestrian VS. car?

sounds cooler.

how is dude?

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

looks like there was an early 90's green ford truck that turned hard right, and went between the old enterprise rental building and dollar general, then it tried to climb the terrace and got high centered....I was on the scene and alerted the police to the truck, at which point they went over to tlak to the guy. I wonder if he was trying to hit and run?

EdenPrairie87 5 years, 2 months ago

I hope the guy is all right. I see people trying to cross along that stretch of road all the time between Colorado and Florida. They stand in the center lane waiting for the traffic to pass before dashing to the other side of the street. Small price to pay for being too lazy to walk to 6th and Michigan to cross. Could a crosswalk be painted at Colorado or Wisconsin so those people will stop in the middle of the road?

EdenPrairie87 5 years, 2 months ago

Whoops.

"will not stop in the middle of the road."

overthemoon 5 years, 2 months ago

I'd trust Karen's perspective on the situation. If she thought otherwise, she'd certainly say so!! : )

Carl Edwards 5 years, 2 months ago

While it may not have helped in this case, more crosswalks across Sixth Street are needed. It's a long ways between stop lights.

LA_Ex 5 years, 2 months ago

lawrenceguy40 and the gilchrist brothers are just examples of what is wrong with these forums. They let anyone in. Even if they have no idea what they are talking about. The good news is, I think the majority have figured that out by now.

conservative 5 years, 2 months ago

cnedwards. More crosswalks would either require more stoplights or be very very dangerous. Traffic backs up enough on that street during rushhour without adding stopping points. If there was a study showing additional crossing points were necessary the only really safe way to do it would be with raised walkways.

been_there 5 years, 2 months ago

And you honestly think drivers will stop at a crosswalk? Believe me, they don't, they won't even stop at a school crosswalk.

Paul Geisler 5 years, 2 months ago

LA-Ex has it right! I for one suggest the rest of us stop commenting on the gilchrists' worthless comments about LifeFlight's efforts to save lives. Karma will catch up with them eventually.

svenway_park 5 years, 2 months ago

Well LA_EX, you probably missed the new forum member "guy" just after your post

Welcome back to the forum Cool/spiderman/coltrane/jaguar/rusty2/ariadne/bronze/dried oregano

Now as Guy.

Maybe Kealing won't wait so long to kick you off this time, since you are a habitual violator of the Terms of Service.

Eride 5 years, 2 months ago

"EdenPrairie87 (Anonymous) says… I hope the guy is all right. I see people trying to cross along that stretch of road all the time between Colorado and Florida. They stand in the center lane waiting for the traffic to pass before dashing to the other side of the street. Small price to pay for being too lazy to walk to 6th and Michigan to cross. Could a crosswalk be painted at Colorado or Wisconsin so those people will stop in the middle of the road?"

  1. Crosswalks don't have to be marked and drivers still are required to yield to pedestrians crossing in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

  2. Pedestrians can cross a roadway in an area other than a crosswalk (marked or unmarked) but in this case are required to yield to all vehicles... this doesn't mean the driver can act negligently though and just hit the pedestrian as most Lawrence drivers seem to assume.

ralphralph 5 years, 2 months ago

Darn kids! We need to raise the driving age!

[sheesh! 2 guys, 166 years! Gotta be a record)

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

d--n you Ralphralph, ralphralph (Anonymous) says…

Darn kids! We need to raise the driving age!

[sheesh! 2 guys, 166 years! Gotta be a record)

---ya beat me to it!
wonder if the one hit was then heard to say: "get them d----d kids off of the roads!"


this might be connected to an issue I've raised before: elderly drivers should be required to pass a physical driving test past a certain age. was this accident caused by 82-YO's slow reaction time, diminished field/accuity of vision or trouble focusing on the driving task?

yes, I'd hope that Mr. 84 would have crossed at a light! and what's down there that's worth crossing 6th all full of traffic anyway??? was Mr. 84 going to the feed store?
or maybe he forgot that the bus station moved away from there many years ago?
or was he after a Vista-burger?

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