Archive for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pickup truck driver cited after striking motorcyclist on Sixth Street

September 20, 2011, 4:32 p.m. Updated September 20, 2011, 7:57 p.m.


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.


gsxr600 6 years, 7 months ago

Glad everyone will be ok. Drivers and riders alike need to watch out

John Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

What?! The driver's cited for "failure to yield" and the biker has to "watch out!" Automobile drivers need to realize they do NOT own the road. You run us down, run us off the road, cut us off, tailgate us and always say, "Gee officer I didn't see him. Besides he was going too fast!"

DillonBarnes 6 years, 7 months ago

So you're saying that bikers don't have to watch out? Ok...

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

That's also true if you're a squirrel. People simply don't watch out for squirrels. Even if they do see you, they're likely to run over you anyway.

chetrico79 6 years, 7 months ago

Really? Ever see a biker texting? Reading a newspaper or a book? Trying to find the cigarette he dropped in his lap? Slapping at their kid in the back seat? Dozing off? Reaching for something they dropped on the floorboard? Eating tacos? Your "bike" must have 3 wheels, 2 pedals and one disney princess horn on the handlebar.

imastinker 6 years, 7 months ago

He obviously didn't see the motorcyclist. This wasn't a conscious thing because of some arrogant attitude.

John Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

Oh by the way. Ol' Benjamin Drinkard is on FaceBook looking cool behind the wheel with his shades on as he flashes the "peace" sign.

wcp 6 years, 7 months ago

I was surprised to see a cager ticketed for simply running a bike off the road.

Curtis Lange 6 years, 7 months ago

Probably related to the bonehead that failed to yield to me at 6th and Kasold this evening... Thank God I WAS paying attention. What did I get for skidding tires and smashing the horn? A blank stare. Idiot.

ljwhirled 6 years, 7 months ago

Car vs. Motorcycle

Car always wins.

Be careful out there folks.

If everyone keeps their eyes open, we'll all get out of this life alive.

RoeDapple 6 years, 7 months ago

I've said it before but worth repeating. Always assume you are the best driver on the street at any given moment. Then constantly monitor everyone and every vehicle around you, always expecting them to make mistakes. You will be on high alert, for your own driving plus everyone else. Anything less will get you killed. No matter what you drive.

jeepguy22 6 years, 7 months ago

Thank you to the people that stopped at the accident today. The Lawrence Fire Department and EMT's were amazing!! I agree that everyone wether riding a motorcycle or in a car should watch out and be more cautious. Theres only so much you can do when a vehicle pulls out directly in front of you and there are cars in the other lane to prevent you from swerving. The guy that pulled in front of me felt terrible about it and thank God all I did was injure my leg. If nothing else comes from this maybe it will help one more person be aware that motorcyclists are out there. We all have a responsibility regardless of what your driving/riding to watch out for others on the road, some people think a motorcycle can stop on a dime which just is not the case. If youve ever ridden youll know how aware you have to ride no matter what, but especially now a days when theres so many people driving distracted. Thanks again to the people that stopped and helped me as well as for all the kind words and prayers.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 7 months ago

You, sir, sound like a class act. Best wishes to you & your family.

fatheadff 6 years, 7 months ago

Oonly stalk much? Looking a kid up on Facebook just to see what he looks like. Im sure he is a little Jacka$$ but looking him up on Facebook seems a little extreme.

costello 6 years, 7 months ago

Why is looking someone up on Facebook stalking or extreme?

And why do you assume the guy is a little jacka$$? Because he was involved in an accident or because he's wearing sunglasses and flashing a peace sign in his facebook photo? He's probably just a guy with a silly fb photo who had an accident. It doesn't sound like he was malicious at all. Why call him names?

Matt O'Reilly 6 years, 7 months ago

Glad to hear you're OK. It easily could have ended worse.

Mike Ford 6 years, 7 months ago

I saw the aftermath and wondered how the motorcycle wound up across the guardrail on the south side of 6th street. I saw a car damaged but not a truck. The car was white. I did see a kid in the truck ahead of the cops and pulled over. He must've been this kid. Bad drivers everywhere.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 7 months ago

"The car was white."

It's always about white with you.

Janis Pool 6 years, 7 months ago

Jeep Guy-So glad you are okay! EMT and Police and Fire do a good job don't they. We need to say thank you more often.

dogsandcats 6 years, 7 months ago

Drinkard is a funny name. It's like drunkard, but in the present tense.

jeepguy22 6 years, 7 months ago

Best part of the whole situation is driver of the truck had an insurance card he showed the police but no valid insurance. So as positive of an out look as Im trying to keep its getting pretty hard now knowing thy I have a totaled 20,000 dollar Harley, out of work at least 3 weeks and best part???? I get to pay for it all!!!! Thanks

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