Archive for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

KHP locates driver who allegedly fled scene of U.S. 59 accident

April 7, 2010, 11:21 a.m. Updated April 7, 2010, 1:18 p.m.


U.S. 59 Accident location

The Kansas Highway Patrol has located a driver who allegedly fled following an accident between a pickup truck and a semitrailer Tuesday on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.

Troopers found 24-year-old Lawrence resident Darin R. Curtiss at a residence in Ottawa early Wednesday afternoon.

Technical Trooper Edna Buttler said Curtiss was identified as the driver of the pickup truck that ran into the back of a semitrailer about a mile north of the Douglas-Franklin County line.

After the crash, Franklin County's K-9 unit and a highway patrol aircraft were brought in, in an attempt to locate the driver, who was seen running from the scene.

Troopers believed Curtiss was “hiding out” in the Ottawa area. A witness reported giving Curtiss a ride to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Ottawa later in the day Tuesday.

Buttler said a good description from witnesses and assistance from the public helped in locating Curtiss, who now faces charges of fleeing, failing to report an accident and driving on a revoked license.

A passenger in the truck, 23-year-old Brandon Ellsmore of Ottawa, was more seriously injured. Ellsmore was taken by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital.

A condition update was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the semitrailer, a 64-year-old Lawrence man, was not injured in the accident.


meggers 8 years, 1 month ago

"Technical Trooper Edna Buttler described Curtiss as a white male with long, shaggy, dirty blond, unkempt hair."

Well, that's an objective description. Somehow, I don't think Mr. Curtiss left a very good first impression.

poppygirl 8 years, 1 month ago

I wasn't sure if this was his descrip or the dogs !

Richard Payton 8 years, 1 month ago

Saw this show last night on Cops "stupid criminals". This guy has the lead role.

oh4theluvof 8 years, 1 month ago

Another objective description would be moron.

1983Hawk 8 years, 1 month ago

So he flees on foot, leaving his buddy injured and in need of an air-vac ambulance. Very nice.

MIke Mallory 8 years, 1 month ago

so he flees and doesnt get a DUI ticket, seems like a good tradeoff.

abrechei 8 years, 1 month ago

Darin, Darin, Darin, will you never learn? Folks I doubt it was a DUI, though never the less unruley

Smitty4701 8 years, 1 month ago

Well maybe they can make this stick. If the DA had worked on the dog fighting stuff he would not have been out there to hurt someone

rumor_man 8 years, 1 month ago

I blame Wal-Mart for all of this. They're evil.

MommaLady 8 years, 1 month ago

It seems to me nobody has any thing better to do then be in less fortunate peoples buisness and i do believe the terms to commenting or even using the jw websites it states as a term that: Agree not to upload, post, distribute, e-mail or otherwise publish or make available on's Reader Forums, On the Street or in Comments any comments that are libelous, defamatory, obscene, harmful, vulgar, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, racially or ethnically objectionable, or otherwise illegal material; BASICALLY WORRIE BOUT YOUR SELF, DARIN MAKES HIS OWN BED! HOW ABOUT YOU MAKE YOURS FIRST!!!

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