Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2012

Officials identify driver in one-car accident just west of Lawrence

April 26, 2012, 12:58 p.m. Updated April 26, 2012, 4:50 p.m.


Douglas County Sheriff’s officers identified 17-year-old Spencer Wilson, of Lawrence, as the driver injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon just northwest of Lawrence.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman, said Wilson was driving a 1999 Mazda 323 west on North 1700 Road, which is an extension of Peterson Road. About 1:20 p.m., the vehicle left the road and struck a culvert and some trees.

Wilson was flown by a LifeStar helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., but hospital officials said Thursday information about his condition was unavailable. Lewis said driver inattention was listed as a contributing factor to the crash, but because of the severity of Wilson’s injuries, officers have delayed further investigation for now.

Julie Boyle, a Lawrence school district spokeswoman, said Wilson is a Free State High School junior.

It was one of several injury accidents Wednesday that kept emergency responders busy in Lawrence and Douglas County. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence that happened early Wednesday that killed Patrick D. Henderson, 34, of Perry, after his 1992 GMC pickup truck went off the road. Officers were called about 8:20 a.m., but troopers were trying to determine when it occurred.

Wednesday afternoon and evening, police responded to two injury accidents and seven non-injury accidents, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.

In one accident, Ashley Marie Heller, 23, Lawrence, failed to stop at a flashing red light at 3:05 p.m. at the intersection of North Third Street and the Kansas Turnpike entrance in North Lawrence.

She crashed her northbound 2007 Dodge Charger into a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, driven by Socorro Salais III, 27, Kansas City, Mo., as he was turning left onto North Third Street. Heller suffered a compound fracture to her arm and was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, McKinley said. Salais was injured but refused transport to the hospital.

Heller was cited for violating a flashing red traffic signal, driving while suspended and having no insurance. Salais, although officers determined he was not at fault for the crash, was also cited for not having insurance, McKinley said.


KoonBoon 1 year, 11 months ago

None of you know Spencer's situation to judge him...Renaissance that comment was beyond inappropriate. I guess never under estimate anyone's stupidity!!


jackbinkelman 1 year, 11 months ago

Most of us out here are hoping the very best outcome for Spencer. Thanks for the blog about his progress.


bigtoe 1 year, 11 months ago

Also, I'd bet at least 50% don't carry any Collision coverage to repair wreck damage to their own cars. If they have any insurance it is the bare minimum Liability coverage required by law, but they carry no coverage to repair their own car if they are in a wreck that is their fault.

Haven't you noticed all the cars being driven around Lawrence with unrepaired damage - plastic bumpers torn off or hanging down, tail lights knocked out/taped over with red tape, windows out with taped over plastic or nothing covering the missing window, knocked off outside mirrors dangling by a wire, obvious collision dents all over the vehicle, etc.?


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 11 months ago

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bigtoe 1 year, 11 months ago

I'd bet it's closer to 50% of people in Douglas county are driving without insurance.


jhwkfan2012 1 year, 11 months ago

For those of you concerned about Spencer's progress his brother has created and is keeping it current


Bridgett Wagner 1 year, 11 months ago

It's really easy to do, actually.


Robert Rauktis 1 year, 11 months ago

Insurance is necessary only if you are in the wrong place or ignore red lights. EVERYONE knows that, Silly. And lawyers are cheaper.


whatever95 1 year, 11 months ago

How do these people drive with NO insurance?


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