Archive for Friday, August 3, 2012

Man struck by car cited for jaywalking

August 3, 2012


A 21-year-old Lawrence man was cited for jaywalking after he was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross 24th Street.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Yiwen Yin got off a Kansas University bus in the 1400 block of West 24th Street at about 4:48 p.m. Thursday and started to cross the street in front of the bus.

Yin, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Lawrence man, McKinley said. Yin was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.


Steve Bunch 5 years, 10 months ago

Regarding the headline, how can a car be cited for jaywalking?

Jayhawk_4_Life 5 years, 10 months ago

It clearly says the guy was cited for jaywalking

Orwell 5 years, 10 months ago

Best headline ever: "Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim"

John Spencer 5 years, 10 months ago

Many years ago the JW had in big bold letters on the front page: 'Murder victim Threatened'

kernal 5 years, 10 months ago

Nothing but Jaywalkers downtown even when there is heavy traffic. I was beginning to think it was legal in Lawrence since I haven't heard of anyone getting a ticket for over two decades.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 10 months ago

At least when driving downtown it's 20 MPH and you expect someone to jump out in front of you.

Liberty275 5 years, 10 months ago

It's legal until a judge say's otherwise. I'll cross the street where I want. Now usually I'll use the crosswalks like you smart folks, but I'm not walking up half a block just to walk back down the other half when I can just walk across.

RoeDapple 5 years, 10 months ago

Who on September 11,2001 would have guessed we would soon have a president named Barack Obama?

Liberty275 5 years, 10 months ago

They did in 2008. 2012 is looking to be a tight race, just like the media constructs it. A Mormon against a Democrat. I don't know which is worse.

You should all vote for yourselves.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 10 months ago

That would be me, Sunny Jim! Yes I woke up on that fated, fabled morn and thought to myself, just a few short years from now I am going to be campaigning for Barrack Obama. I knew in my heart and soul that he was the man in control. Oh, yea, who is on fire? Who is ready to go? Ha, ha :-)

57chevy 5 years, 10 months ago

Rock chalk Jay walk. Those pesky pedestrians. We need only hit a few more to discourage walking altogether. Kansas, the only state to fully adopt driving as the only transportation option.

BinxBolloxed 5 years, 10 months ago

It does seem that way. I walk all of the time in Lawrence, and I'm still amazed at how many drivers blow right through crosswalks when pedestrians are present. It'd be nice to see those wankers get ticketed, too.

sunflowerpride 5 years, 10 months ago

What!! Things are crazy. The victim had gotten off the bus and was crossing the street, just like what we are taught to do in elementry school. The car that struck him was attempting to pass the bus. I was always taught one should not pass a bus, especially if you are crossing into oncoming traffic. I do not feel the guy should have gotten a ticket, but I guess according to the letter of the law? What about the driver? He was unsafely passing and driving in the incorrect lane!

Jean Robart 5 years, 10 months ago

Did you see the incident happen? From the article, it isn't possible to determine which direction the bus was traveling, and it does say which way the car was going.

Liberty275 5 years, 10 months ago

"The victim had gotten off the bus and was crossing the street, just like what we are taught to do in elementary school."

They made us sit down in school.

John Hamm 5 years, 10 months ago

It's a School Bus you can't pass when stopped for passengers IF the stop sign is also being displayed, not a city transit bus or KU transit bus. Big difference. Plus you're not supposed to walk in front of the bus anyway.

Liberty275 5 years, 10 months ago

I pass them slowly and carefully. First off, I don't need the karma hit for killing some poor bus patron and second, if I go slow enough the bus driver has to wait longer before he can leave.

That is called passive aggression.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh, come on now! Do you expect that someone who is getting off at the bus stop at the Connection which is right across the street is going to walk up to Walmart use the crosswalk and then walk back to the apartment complex? There are many complexes for students where the stop is in the middle of a very long block and I just can't see people walking way out of their way just to obey the letter of the law. When I walk I take the shortest route from point a to point b. If you are sitting down driving in an air conditioned car I can see how you would see that differently.

James Minor 5 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully, one of our future leaders wasn't a physicst. Common sense rules --- look both ways before you cross the street and the body with the largest force, mass and acceleration, usually causes the most damage!!!!!

Matt Torres 5 years, 10 months ago

When I was a student 3-5 years ago the KU busses all had signs in the interior--I believe right above the door--saying NOT to cross in front of the bus once you get off, but to wait until it pulls away. It's bad enough to jaywalk but I found it pretty clear the first time I got off one of those busses that it'd be a horrible idea to try and walk in front of it. To do so is to basically cross by stepping directly out from behind a huge wall (the bus) that blocks your entire view that direction. A driver coming up along the left side of a bus even at a reasonable speed has no way of knowing if someone is about to step out and they are not barred legally from passing the bus. I saw at least one incident where the bus driver probably saved a kid's life by yelling at him to stop as he was about to walk across the front of the bus after getting off.

So...get off he bus, stand there until the bus pulls away, then do your thing.

John Hamm 5 years, 10 months ago

That's not a law! Nor even a reasonable expectation. Pedestrians have the right of way in marked crosswalks - note "marked" by paint, design (bricks downtown) at controlled (if the light is in their favor) intersections. Otherwise they're fair game.

Brian Laird 5 years, 10 months ago

They also have the right of way at implied crosswalks which are not marked . If a sidewalk ends at a road and picks up again on the other side, the lateral line connecting them is a legal crosswalk according to KS Stautes whether it is marked or not.

jafs 5 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I believe it is the law, that cars yield to pedestrians, even if they're not in the "right of way" for them.

Andrew Michael 5 years, 10 months ago

The person driving the car drove around a stopped bus and hit the kid... how is it his fault? It was on a 2 lane road and the bus was blocking traffic from the direction the car was traveling. Car moves out to pass in opposite lane and drills the kid.... Tough break

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