Archive for Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Man arrested on warrant, accused of running from November injury accident

January 26, 2011, 5:20 p.m. Updated January 27, 2011, 10:14 a.m.


Law enforcement officers have arrested a 29-year-old man suspected of running away from a three-vehicle accident in November east of Lawrence that hospitalized a Lawrence woman for more than a week.

According to Douglas County Jail records, a Lawrence police officer arrested Anthony Lee Kennon of rural Lawrence Wednesday afternoon on a warrant that charges Kennon with leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said Kennon is the suspected driver who left the crash early on Nov. 15 in the 1800 block of North 1500 Road, which is an extension of 15th Street.

Kennon is suspected of trying to pass a car in the westbound lane of the road and causing a head-on collision with an eastbound car. The driver of another westbound car took evasive action and crashed into a ditch.

After the crash, Kennon ran away and left three passengers in his car. One of the passengers, Kyla Johnson, 22, of Lawrence, had serious injuries and was later transferred to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. She was not released until Nov. 23, a hospital spokesman said.

Kennon was booked into jail and then freed after he posted $2,500 bond. He would likely receive a summons with a court date.

A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the date that Kyla Johnson was released from the hospital based on information from Kansas University Hospital.


Bob Forer 7 years, 1 month ago

Why did it take so long to charge this guy.? I am sure he was ID'ed fairly quickly as there were three passengers in his car. The only logical reason I can fathom is that the injured passenger was in the hospital for over a month, and they were waiting to see whether she would recover. Had they charged him right away with the current charges, as his attorney, depending on the condition of the victim, I may have advised him to plead guilty quickly to bar a possible prosecution for manslaughter on double jeopardy grounds.

However, I don't think Branson is that savvy,

jimroberts 7 years, 1 month ago

Psycho, Sounds like you answered your own question. They have him identified..what is the rush to charge it up until you know the victim's medical outcome. I don't think this is Branson's first rodeo...

grimpeur 7 years, 1 month ago

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Stuart Evans 7 years, 1 month ago

flight risk? he's been hanging out at home. he's not going anywhere.

porter01 7 years, 1 month ago

This is an innacurate report....Kyla Johnson was released November 23rd not December 23rd. Not sure why the hospital gave out the wrong info but she was not hospitalized for a month.

wmathews 7 years, 1 month ago

Hi Porter. I'll have our reporter check the dates again to make sure our report is accurate.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

wmathews 7 years, 1 month ago

You're right. We were given incorrect information from Kansas University Hospital, so I updated the story. Thank you for bringing that to our attention!

Randall Barnes 7 years, 1 month ago

i saw the accident just west of the woman was laying on the ground.

porter01 7 years, 1 month ago

Still may want to remove the part where it states she was hospitalized for more than a month as well :)


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