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Child critically injured in bicycle accident in rural Douglas County

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies were investigating an accident near the intersection fo County Roads E 1500 and N 1100, south of Lawrence. The accident involved a pickup truck and bicyclist, ridden by a 13-year-old girl. The girl was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in critical condition, according to KHP.

July 10, 2011, 8:15 a.m. Updated July 10, 2011, 5:25 p.m.

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Kansas Highway Patrol troopers along with Douglas Count Sheriff's deputies work the scene of a bike versus truck near the intersection of E 1500 and N 1000 roads. The bicyclist, a 13-year-old girl, was life flighted to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers along with Douglas Count Sheriff's deputies work the scene of a bike versus truck near the intersection of E 1500 and N 1000 roads. The bicyclist, a 13-year-old girl, was life flighted to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Bicycle Accident

A 13-year-old Maple Hill girl was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries after being hit while riding her bicycle near the intersection of East 1500 Road and North 1100 Road, south of Lawrence.

Kansas State Trooper Casey Simoneau identified the girl as Mikal Bond. Emergency crews on the scene reported that the girl was unconscious when they arrived.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. Sunday on East 1500 Road, which is Haskell Road in the city of Lawrence, between the Wakarusa River and County Road 458.

Simoneau said the collision occurred when the girl, traveling east on North 1100 Road, failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a white Ford pickup truck, traveling south on East 1500 Road. The pickup was driven by Kathy Robb, 46, of Melvern. Both she and the other passenger in the truck, 19-year-old Kyle Robb, also of Melvern, were not injured in the accident, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A LifeStar helicopter was called to the scene and transported the girl at about 8 a.m. to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. However, a spokeswoman for the hospital said the girl was not listed as a patient at the hospital. As of 5:30 p.m., the Journal-World was not able to confirm which hospital the girl was at, or what her current status is.

The girl was riding Sunday morning as part of the Lizard Under the Skillet bike ride organized by the Lawrence Bicycle Club. As emergency crews cleared the roadway, dozens of other bicyclists rode by asking about what happened.

Lee Merrill, president of the club, said news of the accident has affected the riders.

"The whole club has their thoughts and prayers with the family," he said. "We hope for a speedy recovery.

Check LJWorld.com for updates.

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 9 months ago

Praying that she has a full and speedy recovery.

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asbury 2 years, 9 months ago

Prayers for the child and her family.........

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

One day when I was in 6th grade, I had an experience that I will never forget. And a couple other people never forgot it either, I'm sure.

I lived in a small town that did not have much traffic, and one afternoon I was riding my bicycle on the right hand side of the road, as I knew I was supposed to do.

I was riding to a friend's house. When I got to the street he lived on, I turned left.

There was a terrific screech of brakes, and when I looked to my left, there was a car bumper only about two or three feet from me!

Luckily, the driver of the car had not been speeding.

There were three factors involved, and they were that I had not made a hand signal indicating that I intended to make a left turn, I had not heard the car approaching, and I didn't look to see if one was about to pass me.

Not a single car had passed me for at least ten minutes, so I simply assumed that I had the street to myself.

I went home right away, and when I got there, my parents knew something was wrong because I was still shaking so much. I told them what had happened.

The following day, the other 6th grade teacher (we had two 6th grade teachers) told me that she had been a passenger in the car, it had scared her to death, and that I should always use hand signals to indicate turns when riding my bicycle.

"I was in that car!" were her exact words.

And everyone all knew each other of course, since it was such a small town.

Ever since, I've always been very aware that I should always look before making any sudden move on a bicycle, motorcycle, car, or even when walking across the street.

I still remember the event as clearly as I would if it had happened only last week.

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Shelly Welcher 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you PitBullGrandma! Well said.

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Paula Kissinger 2 years, 9 months ago

Stop yapping about irrelevant crap and everybody pray for this girl, her family and the driver of the truck. This is why they are called accidents. Nothing was done intentionally. She was in very bad shape when she was transported...her condition was grave at that time. Her life will never be the same, nor will her parents', family members' or the truck driver's. Find another topic to bicker about. This one needs to be a prayer chain for that child.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 9 months ago

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 9 months ago

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Bignmean 2 years, 9 months ago

So Costello,are there big groups every day,weekend or year? If every day let me know where to sign up,I wanna go.

The 75 mph law from OP to Wichita saves about 10 minutes, maybe we should up the speed limit on rural roads to 70 just so country folk can lay around in bed a little longer. I would wager that cyclists because of their fitness level,don't have as much trouble getting out of bed in the morning and are less likely to be hauling ass to get to their destination.

As far as hobbies, I prefer bicycles to beer drinking or competetive eating. It's not really a destructive vice. Knitting is a nice hobby,but I wish you would stop killing all those innocent sheep to knit shawls.

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bniccole 2 years, 9 months ago

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HappyEmployee 2 years, 9 months ago

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purplesage 2 years, 9 months ago

Once again, a string of removed comments and a bunch of inane questions and statements. When will LJW disable comments on this kind of story? It is past time.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't know if this relates to the poor child, or previous LJW experience with obtaining info..but when we used to go into CMH and other hospitals, we were given the option as to whether or not we showed up on the 'list'. I asked at the time and that meant, if someone contacted the hospital to ask if we were there, and we had checked to not be on the list for the public, the person would be told we were not on the patient list. That being said, later on they heightened security. People coming in for appts, etc, were looked up on a computer spreadsheet that listed names alphabetically. The security people flipped that open and browsed right in front of others. Names, address, which clinic, floor, etc. Some info was on computer screens that others could read. >8-{ So much for patient privacy. Then, you also had to wear a badge saying were you were going, so anyone that might recognize you off the street, would then be able to see that which isn't any of their business. A love hate security issue.

I hope for a whole recovery for this child, and all involved.

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audball 2 years, 9 months ago

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Brock Masters 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't know the girl, but my heart weeps for her and her family. Doesn't matter if she ran the stop sign or not, all that matters is that she is a child, a daughter and she is hurt. Let's as others have said, focus our energy on positive thoughts and prayers for her and her family.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 9 months ago

I came across the police cars about 8:20AM and I thought the road was shut down for a race. Sorry to hear.

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Bignmean 2 years, 9 months ago

I rode the 62 today, got there after it happened.Have you ever found yourself following a bunch of arrogant riders and suddenly realized you were followin them through a stop sign? Or have you ever come upon a sign and reached for your brakes to find that you saw the sign a little too late? Do any of you know the exact circumstances? I was a FF/EMT for years and can tell you, for a fact,unless you have spoken to the child, you don't know sickum.

Pray for her speedy recovery.

As for the people that don't like to see us riding on this road or that, TUFF. I will ride where I darned well please,I am a business owner and probably pay more in taxes than you make in a year. As for the area drivers,the farther south from Lawrence you go the faster they drive.

I ride the country roads all the time,most of the time I am alone,so I carry a cell phone ,cash and a 9mm pistol. I suppose if an arrogant motorist reads this and wonders if he can identify me, that is his choice to make. We have a bully where I live,he drives a 4 door 4WD white Ford pickup with dual CB antennaes,really is a nasty fellow,hates bikes. Watch out for him if you go west of Bonner.

My 12 year old rode with us today, my heart is breaking for this little girl, you are in our thoughts and prayers Mikal.

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Boston_Corbett 2 years, 9 months ago

This has nothing to do with a bicycle. You have a rural intersection controlled by a stop sign. Had the bike been another pickup which missed a stop sign, you would have the same outcome.

My thoughts are with all involved in the incident.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

I certainly hope that Mikal completely recovers, and does not have any long term psychological trauma resulting from this incident.

And I also hope that the driver of the pickup truck can go on without terrific feelings of guilt for the rest of her life. This was an accident, pure and simple. Everyone makes mistakes, and it takes only a moment's distraction for a situation to become tragic.

I've felt for a long time that there should be wider shoulders with bicycle lanes on more roads and highways than there presently are.

Another thing that bothers me is the danger that Amish people who choose to use a horse and buggy for transportation are subjected to every day. Just recently there was a horrific accident in Illinois between a semi truck and an Amish buggy that resulted in a fatality. http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/09/3003295/amish-girl-killed-3-hurt-in-ky.html

I've been told, and from my experience it's true, that when you have an accident, it's always with the nicest person you could imagine. It seems that it's always the real jerks that always have sheer luck on their side.

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audball 2 years, 9 months ago

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Mike Ford 2 years, 9 months ago

no, rural driving involves dealing with numerous vehicles with franklin county tags who act like speed limit laws don't apply to them on 59. it also involves people passing in no passing zones and not being ticketed for it. last week on 56 I was passed doing 59 in a 60 and the truck that passed me nearly met head on a vehicle pulling out of a driveway going eastbound as the guy passing me was going westbound. speed limits don't apply out here. speed kills. people going slower see other drivers and cyclists and don't come up on them so quickly.

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newlawrencemom 2 years, 9 months ago

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kc_cop 2 years, 9 months ago

bitch shake that ass on my dick.

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kc_cop 2 years, 9 months ago

i bet this little slut will be getting her young pussy licked by the devil. lol

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kc_cop 2 years, 9 months ago

We can learn from this. make sure your kid wears a helmet. Go over safety precautions about riding a bike.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Or least volunteers in bright vests with flags or signs to slow down traffic.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Was law enforcement involved in this ride?

If not they should be at intersections such as this... no matter the cost to taxpayers.

Just thinking.

We all want this young person to make it....

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Mike Ford 2 years, 9 months ago

I drive in that area daily. I drive the speed limit. I am constantly tail gated by bigger vehicles. they probably don't have any more regard for smaller vehicles than they did for a bicycle. Not far from there a man assaulted a bicyclist and was convicted of it in the last year. This was an accident plain and simple. I wasn't attacking the driver in the accident verbally, I was stating that as a whole drivers in this area going to Baldwin or Vinland tend to drive 5 to 10 or more over and drive distracted with phones. I see it every day I go to work. My sibling was airlifted to Stormont Vail in 1993 with a closed head injury and survived with no short term memory and permanent partial blindness and deafness after an accident. My mother died July 24, 2009, in a car accident out of state. So again moderator...tell my why my comment was removed??? I advocate unsuccessfully so far for safer rural driving by making the comments I made earlier. Do you get it now???

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earlphoto 2 years, 9 months ago

The ones "trippin" about insurance and taxes were not the ones who brought up that issue. Everytime a cyclist is injured, the conversation devolves to that stupid argument, which has been removed from the comments. You're right about the rider and her family needing prayers.

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Shelly Welcher 2 years, 9 months ago

Could everyone posting on here remember that a child has been critically injured. Stop trippin about insurance, taxes, or any other argument. This Child and family needs positive thoughts and lots of prayers.

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Shelly Welcher 2 years, 9 months ago

Could everyone posting on here remember that a child has been critically injured. Stop trippin about insurance, taxes, or any other argument. This Child and family needs positive thoughts and lots of prayers.

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cowboy 2 years, 9 months ago

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earlphoto 2 years, 9 months ago

You mind telling us exactly which wider, slower roads you're referring to? Don't think there are a lot of those around here.

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Stacy Napier 2 years, 9 months ago

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earlphoto 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm sick to death of cyclists being characterized as not paying taxes, not having insurance, etc. I am a cyclist. I ride just about everyday, year round. I don't damage roads with my bike. I pay taxes on 3 cars and two houses. I would gladly pay a couple of hundred dollars a year above my current taxes to shut up the idiots who repeatedly posit this stupid argument for keeping bicycles off the roads.

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kc_cop 2 years, 9 months ago

I hope she was wearing a helmet. If she survives maybe wearing one will have played a role in saving her life. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

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dontbehatin 2 years, 9 months ago

The girl that was injured has a wonderful family, including her parents, who were on the ride with her today. Why she ran the stop sign is unknown- they were riding in the Lizard under the Skillet ride, and she has only ridden in a couple of these organized rides. Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps everyone should put their energy into positive thoughts for this family- they will need it.

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kskufan1987 2 years, 9 months ago

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Norma Jeane Baker 2 years, 9 months ago

Was this girl riding as part of the Lizard Under the Skillet ride today? If so, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of riding with so many people. Not an excuse at all, just wondering.

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hedshrinker 2 years, 9 months ago

I heard multiple emergency sirens in east lawrence on their way to this as I was doing early am yardwork and then saw the Lifeflite helicopter overhead and knew the situation was dire...such a tragedy unfolding for all, I'm afraid.

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kc_cop 2 years, 9 months ago

" the collision occurred when the bicyclist, traveling east on North 1100 Road, failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a white pickup truck, "

I'm confused, did the truck fail to stop at the stop sign? Or stop and then go and that's when the child was hit?

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Mike Ford 2 years, 9 months ago

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Mike Ford 2 years, 9 months ago

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thebcman 2 years, 9 months ago

Truly sad, and hoping for a speedy recovery ... but also a good time to remind all bicyclists that you really need to obey all traffic signs and signals.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 9 months ago

Thoughts and prayers going up for this young lady and her family and friends! God Bless them all during this difficult time,.

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Jean1183 2 years, 9 months ago

Prayers that she is OK. That is a horrible road for bicyclists to ride. I cringe whenever I see someone riding there!

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