A 35-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle struck the motorcycle he was driving near Sixth and Iowa streets.
Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said William Hite Jr. was headed east on Sixth Street on a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the inside lane when he was struck by a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Benjamin Drinkard of Winchester. Sarna said Drinkard was turning left out of the parking lot of the Howard Johnson hotel, 2222 W. Sixth St. Officers ticketed Drinkard for failing to yield the right of way, Sarna said.
Hite was treated and later released, according to a nursing supervisor at LMH. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Sarna said.
The crash was reported at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday just west of the intersection of Sixth and Iowa streets. Eastbound traffic about 2 p.m. on Sixth Street was reduced to one lane as a tow truck crew and Lawrence police officers worked to remove a motorcycle from the wooded area just south of the guardrail in the area.