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Man airlifted to KU Med after auto accident east of Baldwin City, vehicle was being pursued by Wellsville Police

February 20, 2011, 2:20 a.m. Updated February 20, 2011, 6:49 p.m.

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A 24-year-old Olathe man was transported by LifeStar helicopter to Kansas University Medical Center after a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on E. 2300 Road in southeast Douglas County.

According to a news release issued by the Wellsville Police Department, the accident occurred while the vehicle — traveling north in the 200 block of E. 2300 Road around 1:30 a.m. — was being pursued by Wellsville police who had initially attempted to stop the vehicle on Poplar Street in Wellsville.

Sgt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the vehicle, a 2007 Mini Cooper, overturned when the roadway changed from pavement to gravel. The man was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled "a couple of times," Lewis said.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the accident, suspects alcohol is a contributing factor. Charges are pending.

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Rick_Generic 2 years, 10 months ago

I knew Margie Thornton while working at Vista Restaurant in Lawrence. What a wonderful person. There is a Facebook memorial page for her, just search under her name.

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firefighter88 3 years, 1 month ago

Just an fyi, I heard from someone who was at the scene. This was a felony DUI evade. So now instead of paying 1500 and spending 12 hours in the drunk tank, he may very well pay with his life. What he did was awful, but I really hope he lives through this.

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Morganna 3 years, 1 month ago

I knew Margie - worked with her - she was a wonderful person - one day she was here and one day she was gone - just like that - someone running from the police took her life. As stated above - it is an assault on the entire community.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 1 month ago

"People who run from the cops are committing an assault on the entire community. When the red lights come on, and you don't stop, you become a violent criminal. I hope he hurts like hell, then rots in jail."

Couldn't agree more. In the late seventies, two recent graduates of Lawrence High School were killed when a drunk and stupid frat boy tried to run from the KU police, ran either a stop sign or red light, and t-boned a vehicle occupied by Margie Thornton and Ken McCue. An unspeakable tragedy which I am sure devasted both of their families. Margie and Ken were smart, friendly, and well-liked people and had their lives stolen by an an unmentionable bastard.

And lets not forget about the middle-aged woman whose life was taken just a few short years ago on 31st Street a few blocks west of Iowa. If I recall, that chase started in the Kansas City area and ended some forty miles later in an awful collision.

In both incidents, the fool running from the police survived. The frat boy who took two lives was released from prison years ago.

The recklessness involved is no different than shooting a loaded gun into a crowd of people.

Despicable behavior, absolutely despicable.

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ralphralph 3 years, 1 month ago

I hope this guy is hurting, bad. People who run from the cops are committing an assault on the entire community. When the red lights come on, and you don't stop, you become a violent criminal. I hope he hurts like hell, then rots in jail.

We need mandatory jail/prison time for running from the cops. The penalty for running needs to be twice as bad than if you stopped, to give them a real good, clear reason to stop.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 1 month ago

A little girl was killed in KC by her mother avoiding police, the police stopped the chase long before.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 1 month ago

A little girl was killed in KC by her mother avoiding police, the police stopped the chase long before.

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Pywacket 3 years, 1 month ago

At least this one didn't end in some innocent motorist's family being wiped out. Glad no one else on the road was hit. And when it does, it's not the police's fault, I might add. The blame falls squarely on the fleeing offender.

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Norma Jeane Baker 3 years, 1 month ago

I hope this guy is okay. But...

When are people going to learn? Trying to outrun the police always ends badly. Always.

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