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Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2011

2 men injured in one-car accident just outside Lawrence’s east city limits

December 15, 2011, 8:08 a.m. Updated December 15, 2011, 3:32 p.m.

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An accident before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2012, sent at least two people to area hospitals. This photograph looks west, toward Lawrence, along North 1500 Road.

An accident before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2012, sent at least two people to area hospitals. This photograph looks west, toward Lawrence, along North 1500 Road.

An accident before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2012, sent at least two people to area hospitals. This photograph looks west, toward Lawrence, along North 1500 Road.

An accident before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2012, sent at least two people to area hospitals. This photograph looks west, toward Lawrence, along North 1500 Road.

Two Lawrence men were injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning just east of Lawrence.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said Melissa White, 35, of Grizzly Flats, Calif., lost control at the railroad tracks just east of Lawrence on North 1500 Road, which is an extension of 15th Street. The rented Dodge Caliber car struck a utility pole in the 1600 block of North 1500 Road.

White was not injured. Two passengers, Jeremy Gates, 34, and Patrick Bray, 17, both of Lawrence, were injured, Lewis said.

Medics took Bray, who was ejected from the car, by ground ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and Gates was taken by ground ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday, a spokeswoman said. Information about Bray’s condition was not available.

The injuries to both men were not believed to be life threatening, Lewis said.

White’s mother, Julie White, 55, of Lawrence, who was the front-seat passenger, was not taken to the hospital.

Officers believe excessive speed contributed to the crash, which occurred about 7:50 a.m., Lewis said. No tickets were issued Thursday morning to the driver, Melissa White, but Lewis said officers would forward a report to prosecutors because they believed her license was revoked. She also did not provide a proof of insurance, he said.

Comments

Jean Robart 3 years ago

This stretch of road is miserable in good weather, and awful in bad weather. I used to drive it twice a day, and said a prayer every time I approached it.

GUMnNUTS 3 years ago

Excessive speed caused the crash not the road. I've driven on that road hundreds of times and have never had a problem, follow the speed limit and it works fine.

Jean Robart 3 years ago

Thank you for insinuating that I speed through that area. I never did--the road is narrow at the tracks and in lousy shape. It is at the top of a rise, and hard to see someone coming until he's on top of you.

CreatureComforts 3 years ago

They don't necessarily need extra insurance. Many insurance companies fully cover rentals...you just need to know your policy. Mine, for example, does fully cover rental cars just as if it were my own car...but I pay extra for that.

kernal 3 years ago

If the driver's license was revoked and she had no insurance, I doubt the car was rented to her and also that she was not listed as an alternate driver. If that's the case, whoever rented the car is up the proverbial creek with the rental company.

blindrabbit 3 years ago

Second accident on East 15th Street this week; maybe people just trying to avoid the meatgrinder that is K-10. Best of luck to those involved. The problem with the paved part of East 15th , from the cemetaries out to where the pavement ends (about 2 miles) is that the pavement seems excessively crowned, and the road is quite narrow. The tracks crossing can be dicey when the pavement is wet or icy.

dogsandcats 3 years ago

I don't know how that road is particularly dangerous, except to your car's suspension.

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