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.