Archive for Friday, October 22, 2010

Lawrence man arrested in Friday morning hit-and-run accident on Massachusetts Street

October 22, 2010, 9:54 a.m. Updated October 22, 2010, 5:27 p.m.


Police have arrested a 27-year-old Lawrence man as a suspect in a Friday morning hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian in downtown Lawrence.

Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said officers were called around 1:45 a.m. after a 21-year-old Lawrence woman walking across the 600 block of Massachusetts Street was struck by a vehicle.

The vehicle had left the scene.

“Witnesses at the scene provided the description of the vehicle to police,” Murphree said.

Police later found the suspected vehicle and arrested the driver, Michael Lee Hogg, in the 500 block of Congressional Drive, which is northwest of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Hogg was arrested on charges of DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident and failing to report an accident.

He posted $800 bond and was given notice to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court.

Murphree said the woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The woman’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, she said.


Eddie Muñoz 7 years, 6 months ago

This is Obama's fault and means KU should raise tuition.

pace 7 years, 6 months ago

Hope the victim recovers, Yes cheers to the bystanders who stood up, kept their wits and were ready to help.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

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kustudent55 7 years, 6 months ago

First of all how can you even suggest that a girl who is HIT BY A CAR, a drunk driver non the less, get in trouble. She was simply crossing the street, linking arms with her friends. In case you are not aware, on Mass street pedestrians also have a right to the road and there are many. Public intoxication?! Excuse me but since when does crossing the street imply intoxication. Your question is insensitive and out of line. Have you ever been hit by a car?

JustNoticed 7 years, 6 months ago

Sheesh, get off your high horse. It's just a question. It's not a suggestion about the victim, just a question.

pace 7 years, 6 months ago

Getting off the horse is easier than sliding lower than a snake, get a little bit real. I applaud the bystanders, hope for the best for the victim, suggest people should make a rule not to drink and drive. This community would be better off with a lot less drinking in general.

fixedG1980 7 years, 6 months ago

Can you cite a source for your claim that a pedestrian have a right to use Mass street as cars, bikes and motorcycles do? I can kind of see why the city would pass that law and I can also see why that would be a really bad idea, I'd like to learn more about it.

AreUNorml asked if the pedestrian was cited for anything, it's okay to ask questions. That question didn't imply that the pedestrian was jaywalking, intoxicated or otherwise in anyway at fault, but it's important for the facts to be known. A pedestrian generally does not have the right to walk into traffic in places other than intersections and designated crosswalks, thus the existence of the crime of jaywalking. Also, this hit and run occurred 15 minutes before last call, on Mass street an area with perhaps the highest number of bars per block in the city. To question the sobriety of the pedestrian is no more out of line that to question the sobriety of the driver. The driver was arrested for drunk driving but he has not been found guilty for that crime yet.

What would it matter if the questioner has been hit by a car in the past? Would that make him or her an expert on the matter? Would it give him or her more or less right to ask questions about this situation where details are clearly lacking?

engr 7 years, 6 months ago

Why does a person fleeing an accident get to bond out?

Jim Phillips 7 years, 6 months ago

Because it is a traffic misdemeanor and because that's how the system has evolved over the years due to judicial activism and legislative rewrites.

Bladerunner 7 years, 6 months ago

But while we are on the subject....Please vote "NO" to the 26 Million in taxes we would pay to "fix" our library. Thank you!

pace 7 years, 6 months ago

Lying, putting your stump on someone else's accident. Tea party?

justin223 7 years, 6 months ago

I was outside and saw this happen. The punk who hit her sped off as soon as he realized what he did, and a bunch of us chased him down to try to get his license plate number. Glad they nabbed him, he ran a red light (I think to make sure we couldn't get his plate). What a turd. The sound of a vehicle hitting a body is surely a distinct one.

wmathews 7 years, 6 months ago

Eastbound I-70 was reduced to one lane for about an hour while crews cleared the scene. The incident isn't listed on the KTA accident log, so I'm not sure if anyone was injured, but if the day staff today gets any followup information, they'll post it.

There was an accident in the same area last night about that time, but it doesn't mention a vehicle fire or a semi truck:

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Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 6 months ago

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Randall Barnes 7 years, 6 months ago

saw an awesome wreck last night at 13th and tenn. destroyed one car shoved it into several other parked cars,the driver couldn't even stand up,yes he was arrested. and earlier last night 1400 block of kasold a driver snapped of a utility pole.tonight who knows what will happen

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