Archive for Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies: Driver admits to fleeing scene of head-on accident south of Clinton Lake

December 8, 2010, 12:34 p.m. Updated December 8, 2010, 5:16 p.m.


Douglas County Sheriff’s officers on Wednesday were investigating a two-vehicle head-on wreck that happened Tuesday night south of Clinton Lake.

Tuesday night accident

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman, said 22-year-old Candace Stebbins of rural Overbrook was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. An LMH spokeswoman said Wednesday she was treated and released.

At 9:30 p.m. she was driving her 1997 Chevrolet east on County Road 458 near East 650 Road, which is northwest of the town of Lone Star. Lewis said her car was struck head-on by a westbound 2000 Dodge Neon that had drifted left of the center line.

The Neon’s driver fled the accident scene.

About four hours later, officers interviewed Taylor Brown, 21, rural Lawrence, the registered owner of the Neon, which had an expired license plate.

“He said the vehicle was possibly stolen and denied driving the Neon or being involved in the accident,” Lewis said.

But deputies also noticed “fresh cuts to Brown’s forehead, knee and both arms,” Lewis said.

Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that after further investigation and interviews with deputies, Brown admitted he drove the Neon during the accident.

Lewis said Brown was cited to appear in court later for eight violations, including leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to report an injury accident and render aid, violating license restrictions, violating use of an ignition interlock device, having an expired vehicle registration, no insurance and not wearing a seat belt.


RoeDapple 7 years, 4 months ago

Another hit'n run POS? Plenty of then in DOCO!

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 4 months ago

Really justanotherface, you sure have a point. Plus, it's amazing how many accidents are occurring these days.

I guess the only thing you can to is to look at driving as a game of "Dodge"-'em!

midwestmom 7 years, 4 months ago

What sort of conscience allows someone to leave the person that they injured on the road? Every time I drive past the ghost bike my heart is so sad thinking of how it must be to be so injured, abandoned and alone.

Please Mr. Branson - fix this. It is going to keep happening as long as the punishment for fleeing an injury accident is less than stopping, calling 911 and trying to render aid. Charge these people with felony assault - great bodily injury. Don't plea bargain them out. Enforce the idea that your actions have consequences.

grimpeur 7 years, 4 months ago


The problem with pressing full charges and going to trial is that a typical jury is made up of typical drivers (cell-phone addicts, speeding heedless morons, internet-surfing idiots, GPS-addled incompetents, habitual drunk drivers) who know damn well that could be them on the stand someday. There but for the grace of the gods...

otto 7 years, 4 months ago

But it wasn't him, he said so -- and hopefully some family members or cuzzins will get on here soon and talk in run on sentences and all that stuff and set the record straight because i'm sure he's a good boy and don't know what got into him and oh yeah it wasn't him anyway.

I do however pray that the injured person will be just fine.

B_826 7 years, 4 months ago

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gccs14r 7 years, 4 months ago

"...violating use of an ignition interlock device,..."

So he'd been drinking, too?

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 4 months ago

..."cited to appear in court later for 8 violations" does that happen? After already fleeing the scene?

grimpeur 7 years, 4 months ago

Twice as harshly as DUIs? Hell, they hardly punish those! If you pay enough, your driving record isn't allowed to do its job. How the heck do think these multiple-DUI drivers stay on the road? Ask the average local lawyer how much of his or her caseload is DUIs. The answer will sadden you and make you wonder what loopholes exist that such judicial time and effort is allowed to be wasted on these clowns.

They need to start busting bad drivers big time. It's people's lives they're playing with out there!

Remove the loopholes, diversions, and payoffs that allow bad drivers back on the road.

Stiffen the penalties and make them stick. You drive suspended? You go to jail. You want to play with toys behind the wheel? Five hundred. Again? Impoundment. You lent your car to one of these grandstanding cell-phone jackasses? Bummer.

All this crap about "oh, but he needs his car to get to work," and, "but my family depends on my car" can fly a kite. The unspoken problem is that DUIs, multiple speeding and aggressive driving violations, cell-phone use while driving, etc., indicate much deeper problems with judgment and responsibility, problems that should take precedence over anyone's privilege to use their car on public roads. These losers should have thought about that before committing crimes with their cars. Let's end these third and fourth and fifth chances, and stop making a toothless and sickening sham of enforcement against bad drivers.

somedude20 7 years, 4 months ago

The not wearing a seatbelt should put him away for a long time. Bet it did not take long for Laurence (Lawrence) Fishburne and his CSI crew to solve that one. Hey, did the kid cop to killing Hoffa back in 75'.

geekin_topekan 7 years, 4 months ago

Lessee, that's residents 1, homeless 0, on the danger to society count today.

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