Archive for Thursday, June 3, 2010

17-year-old hospitalized after traffic accident southwest of Lawrence

Franklin Johnson, a 17-year-old rural Lawrence resident, was injured in a two-vehicle accident near the Clinton Lake Dam on Thursday morning. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle were not harmed.

June 3, 2010, 10:18 a.m. Updated June 3, 2010, 11:08 a.m.


A 17-year-old rural Lawrence resident was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after an accident near the Clinton Lake Dam.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical crews responded to the crash around 9:30 a.m.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis, teenager Franklin Johnson was driving a 1989 Toyota Corolla north on County Road 458 when he struck the back of a pickup truck driven by Louis Eckler, 67, Lawrence.

Lewis said Eckler had just turned onto County Road 458, from North 1150 Road, when the accident happened.

Neither Eckler nor his wife, who was a passenger in the truck, was injured in the accident.

Johnson was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with possible head and neck injuries.


LogicMan 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks as if head-to-windshield which means bad head/neck injuries, unfortunately. Was he wearing his seat and shoulder belt? Car had a driver's air bag, and if so did it deploy?


Rancho 3 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, but Franklin's car had the right of way as he was driving north on 458 and Eckler turned left onto the road in front of him. Check out Franklin's skid marks! His only 17 year old problem, was not being able to evaluate an idiot driver fast enough. Your father was afraid you would drown, but I taught you to swim. Hope your injuries are minimal.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 10 months ago

Old and slow meets young and fast. My guess is that they probably both share some blame for the accident.


blue73harley 3 years, 10 months ago

The stop sign at this intersection is so far back that you have to stop then move forward to check for oncoming, 55mph traffic on 458 (which does not stop). I travel 458 every day and people often pull out in front of me.


youngjayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Inattentive driving ... cell phone in use? texting?


cozy 3 years, 10 months ago

That is definitely not a 1989, more like 1999.


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