Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kansas Highway Patrol asks for public’s help in investigation of fatal accident on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence

One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59, near N. 700 Road, south of Pleasant Grove Hill. The accident happened shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to emergency dispatchers. Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical units on the scene reported the vehicle had left the roadway and suffered major damage.

May 19, 2011


Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are looking for more information about a Wednesday morning crash south of Lawrence that killed a 37-year-old Ottawa man.

Trooper Dennis Shoemaker said Thursday morning that he was still trying to determine what Terry S. Star had done in the 24 hours leading up to the crash. Star was found dead at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday in a vehicle that had rolled over in a field just west of U.S. Highway 59 about 5 miles south of Lawrence.

Shoemaker said troopers did not find any evidence of alcohol being a factor in the crash.

A brief Kansas Highway Patrol report Wednesday night said Star was driving a two-door Ford Escort north on U.S. Highway 59 that had apparently drifted off the west side of the road, struck a driveway embankment and then went airborne and rolled at least once before coming to rest on its wheels in the field facing southwest.

Star was wearing a seat belt. The top of the vehicle sustained heavy damage. 

Shoemaker said troopers did not know the exact time the accident occurred because they hadn’t found any witnesses.

The stretch of the highway is a relatively flat and open, Shoemaker said. Troopers said encouraged anyone who was driving between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the area near north 600 Road and south of Pleasant Grove to call KHP dispatchers at 785-296-6908.


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 6 months ago

I really hate reading these stories, especially when it concerns someone so young. I sure do hope his family can somehow pull through this tragedy.

Liberty275 4 years, 6 months ago

yea flat and open without any shoulders.

thebigspoon 4 years, 6 months ago

I think he worked at UPS loading trucks and lived in Ottawa.

mistygreen 4 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like he fell asleep or possibly an undiagnosed medical problem. How very sad. My sympathies to the family.

greenworld 4 years, 6 months ago

My guess is deer swerved to miss and rolled or believe it or not there are a certain amount of people that will have a sudden heart attack while driving and then later are found dead. The autopsy should discover if that happened.

cj123 4 years, 6 months ago

I have seen many deer crossing that part of the highway during the early morning hours; I am not sure if that was the case. I read a comment stating he had three children. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Terry Sexton 4 years, 6 months ago

Say, Whitney, if I ever refer to your initials, W.M., please be advised it's not intended as 'woman moderator.'

IrishCat 4 years, 6 months ago

I might have to agree with the deer probability here..I was behind a car a year or so ago in that very same area that hit a deer and nearly totaled their car. It's possible one came out, the car tried to swerve and then went out of control. If the deer was not hit, it would have been long gone. Many prayers sent to the family.

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