Lawrence police say a Baldwin City woman was apparently texting while driving when her car struck a Vespa scooter Tuesday during rush hour on Iowa Street.
Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman, said 21-year-old Amanda Hershberger was cited for inattentive driving in the 5:15 p.m. accident that caused a major traffic tie-up in the area.
Sarna said John Debrick, 23, Lawrence, used his scooter’s signal and was attempting to turn left from the inside lane of northbound Iowa Street onto Orchard Lane, which is south of Harvard Road. Hershberger’s car rear-ended the scooter, and Debrick was thrown from the Vespa.
Debrick was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, Sarna said. An LMH spokeswoman said Wednesday he was treated and released.
Hershberger told officers she was texting when the accident occurred, Sarna said.