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Police may have found possible witness to Nov. 6 injury accident

November 24, 2011

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Lawrence police said Wednesday they had found a possible witness to a serious injury accident that occurred Nov. 6 at 19th and Iowa streets.

Police last Friday released a photo of a dark-colored sport utility vehicle and asked for the public’s help in finding the driver who might have witnessed the accident. Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman, said officers had found the driver and the vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation, he said. Two teens injured in the crash remained hospitalized on Wednesday. Michael Robinson Jr., 17, of Lawrence, is at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, a nursing supervisor said, and John Teters Jr., 18, of Perry, was in serious condition at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a spokesman said.

Police have said Robinson was driving a 1997 Acura at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 6 west on 19th Street and turned left on a flashing red light onto southbound Iowa Street. The Acura collided with a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe headed north on Iowa and was driven by Robert Spielman, 30, of Oskaloosa. According to a police report, Spielman entered the intersection on a flashing yellow light.

Police gave impairment tests to both drivers, and results are pending.

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