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Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

LifeStar helicopter called to accident at Bob Billings and Crestline

One patient taken to LMH with non life threatening injuries

One patient was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after suffering head injuries in a bicycle crash near the intersection of Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.

One patient was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after suffering head injuries in a bicycle crash near the intersection of Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.

August 19, 2010, 11:06 a.m. Updated August 19, 2010, 11:47 a.m.

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Bob Billings and Crestline
One injured in bicycle accident

One person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after crashing his bicycle on a grassy hill. The patient's injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Enlarge video

One patient transported from bicycle accident on Bob Billings

Two bicyclist were riding down the street when they hit an uneven patch of pavement and crashed. Enlarge video

One patient was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after suffering head injuries in a bicycle crash.

The incident was reported about 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna, two friends had been riding their bikes down the grass hill near the entrance to Meadowbrook Apartments. Both riders hit some uneven terrain and crashed.

One patient, who Sarna said was about 20 years old, suffered lacerations to his head and was temporarily unconscious. A LifeStar helicopter was dispatched to the scene because of initial reports regarding the patient's condition along with a language barrier between emergency personnel and the patient.

Medical units tended to the victim and eventually transported him to LMH via ground ambulance shortly after 11 a.m.

Sarna said the patient's injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Comments

CHKNLTL 4 years, 4 months ago

wondered what those sirens were about...that intersection seems to have a lot of car accidents, mainly with people trying to turn right (westbound) at the last second when the left turn cars are already moving....be more patient people. Watch, listen, and live.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

the story seems to imply that it was a bicycle accident. no cars mentioned. pothole, sewer grate, sand, TWB (texting while bicycling), etc.

CHKNLTL 4 years, 4 months ago

just saying, some places in town invite all types of accidents

compmd 4 years, 4 months ago

Great, another horrible accident today. I wonder if this one will turn out to be a "students are back" accident.

lionheart72661 4 years, 4 months ago

Just drove by there, the bicycle was about 50 ft. off the road in the field. Didn't see a car around.

homechanger 4 years, 4 months ago

The injured person was not transported by lifestar. The ambulNce left with the patient with no lights or siren. Plus there were detectives and multiple police on site. Hope it was not fatal.

bad_dog 4 years, 4 months ago

Probably just an impromptu tea party rally...

guesswho 4 years, 4 months ago

rockchalk - I saw them also - they should realize that cars traveling east in the morning had the sun in their eyes (OK, the drivers, not the cars) and people in the cars couldn't read the sign (I think they had one).

ThatGirl2 4 years, 4 months ago

For shame!! Kenny Tarmac is a travelling salesman....not a pilot!

puddleglum 4 years, 4 months ago

you expect tom-tom to tell the difference? "hey, they say fair and balanced so it must be fair and balanced cuz they said it was."

Escapee 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey, LJ! How about an article on the condition of roads causing biker accidents? Seems to be an ongoing problem, and becoming more frequent. Are we neglecting repairs to the 'infrastructure' because of budgetary cutbacks? Are there things we can do? Is there an 'alert' system for bikers who ride difficult roads? Few drivers really understand, or respect, the fact the a cycler has the same rights to the road as a car. However, if a cycler was aware of a particular problem area...it could be avoided....

Curtis Martell 4 years, 4 months ago

You should read the article because the accident did not happen on the road. The roads in Lawrence are fine. They have some potholes here and there, but they are not causing bike accidents. I have some knowledge about this because I ride bikes all over. The sky is not falling either, at least at the moment.

devobrun 4 years, 4 months ago

Is biking exercise? Or is it fun? Is it for fitness? Or is it for higher speed crashes? When you are 20 years of age, it is for fun and when you crash, you recover in about 3 days. When you are 60 years of age, you recover in 1 month......or not at all.

Bicycles are dangerous. Inherently. Use them when you are less than 60. Use them in an increasingly careful way.

Severity of damage and recovery time is proportional to age squared. A slip at 20 ( hand road rash) is a broken wrist at 60. Briefly unconscious at 20 is death at 60.

Strive for 20 when you are 60 and die by the time you are 61.

Want any other words of wisdom, Bob?

Hudson Luce 4 years, 4 months ago

Always wear a helmet, it's better to break the helmet than your head. I was on a training ride in Gainesville, FL in 1987, and about 15 miles out, a rider crossed wheels with a rider in front and went down. His helmet was broken in pieces, but he could walk and he was OK, just some road rash. About 5 miles more, and another rider crossed wheels and went down, and he was a Cat 2 USCF rider who didn't believe in wearing a helmet because it was only a training ride. He hit his head and didn't get up, there was blood on the pavement, so we had to send a couple of riders to time trial it to the nearest phone. The rider was life-flighted to Shands Medical Center which was, luckily, a major trauma center serving the region. About 3 months later, he could walk across a room. I'm not sure he ever rode a bike again. Both riders were in their early 20s. So - get on a bike - wear a helmet.

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