Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five people injured when car swerves to avoid deer on Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence

September 1, 2011


A Topeka man swerved to miss a deer Wednesday night in an accident on the Kansas Turnpike between the Lecompton interchange and McDonald Drive exit in Lawrence that left five people injured, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

Andrew Michael Cravens, 20, was listed as the driver of a 2000 Pontiac car in the accident that occurred about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. After Cravens swerved, the car left the road and struck a guardrail.

Five people were transported to area hospitals Wednesday night, including one passenger with serious injuries who was flown via a helicopter ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. When medics arrived, they reported the vehicle had driven through one of the bridge guardrails in the westbound lanes.

The four passengers in the car were Daniel J. Mason, 18; Nicole Jackson, 17; Amanda Elizabeth Moran, 18, all of Topeka; and, Chris Mason, 24, of Universal City, Texas.

A Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatcher said Daniel Mason, who was believed to have the most serious injuries, was flown to Stormont-Vail. The four other people injured were all taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital initially.

Cravens and Moran, were later transferred to Stormont-Vail, said Belinda Rehmer, an LMH spokeswoman. Cravens was listed in fair condition Thursday at Stormont-Vail, and the hospital was not authorized to release condition information about Moran and Daniel Mason, a spokeswoman said.

Chris Mason was treated and released from LMH, and Jackson was in fair condition Thursday morning, Rehmer said.

According to the report, no one in the car wore a seat belt.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

We discussed this article a lot yesterday. The only thing that wasn't covered was if the deer had any injuries from the accident.

None were mentioned, and so apparently the driver swerved quickly enough to save the deer's life.

So the question is, do we still need to watch out for him, or do you think he learned to not get in front of cars?

dwatson1 6 years, 9 months ago

Since you discussed this alot yesterday you should already know........right? Yes they did hit the deer & yes the deer did learn its lesson. Now it would be nice if people like you would be sensible and not be such an ass when they see a tragic incident. Too bad it wasn't your kids then maybe it would be different? But you probably arent worthy of childeren!!!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

I would have been quite upset if it had been my kids that did that after I had told them over and over to not do it.

I was a passenger in a pickup driven by my father when we hit a deer. He was wise enough to not swerve, so it was no big deal at all. The front of the pickup was damaged, but not enough to require repair.

I learned a lot from my father, and if I had any kids, I would certainly hope that they learned a lot from me. You cannot hope for more than that.

cowgirlup93 6 years, 8 months ago

Correction, some people were actually wearing their seatbelts, also NO we did not hit the deer, I was there, I should know. I know we should have hit the darn thing, but we didn't. Please some of you have a heart... All of us are going threw HELL right now. Watch what you say. Its called respect, ya'll are talking about your parents and how they raised ya. Did they not teach you that?

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