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Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

KU student from Derby identified as pedestrian pinned between two vehicles in accident Sunday near campus

August 27, 2012, 3:57 p.m. Updated August 27, 2012, 4:38 p.m.

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Lawrence police Monday identified an 18-year-old Kansas University student from Derby as the pedestrian critically injured in an accident early Sunday in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Colby J. Liston was trying to enter a 1999 Ford Explorer that had stopped in the right lane on Tennessee Street when he was struck by another southbound vehicle. He was pinned between the two vehicles. The accident occurred at 1:26 a.m., and police responded within one minute, McKinley said.

Derby High School football coach Brandon Clark told the Varsity Kansas blog, operated by KSN-TV and the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, that the accident severed Liston’s legs below his knees. Liston played football and ran track at Derby High School.

Liston was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was listed in serious condition Monday. Other people trying to enter the Explorer suffered minor injuries.

Tennessee Street is a one-way street on which traffic travels south just east of the KU campus.

“Intoxicants were present in the involved parties, and blood test results are pending.” McKinley said. “Investigative reports, including test results, will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office when they become available.”

No tickets were issued at the scene.

McKinley identified Dustin A. Erickson, 21, also of Derby, as the driver of the Ford Explorer that Liston was getting into. The driver of the southbound vehicle that struck the Explorer from behind was Julian M. Kuszmaul, a 21-year-old KU student from Lawrence.

Police were continuing to investigate the crash on Monday.

Investigators had determined that Erickson’s vehicle had slowed and stopped in the right lane to pick up people from a nearby party. As the Explorer was stopped in the street, pedestrians crossed from the east side of the street toward the vehicle. The people were entering the vehicle through the rear cargo door of the Explorer. Liston had crossed the street and was preparing to enter the vehicle when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Kuszmaul.

“The vehicle struck Mr. Liston as he was in the street behind the stopped Explorer, crushing him between the vehicles and causing some of the occupants of the stopped vehicle to fall from the cargo area into the street,” McKinley said.

Comments

Ridiculous 1 year, 7 months ago

Linux, learn to read. Tigggr, I'm sorry, I didn't know that all the police reports were lying. I'm glad I have you here to clear everything up. Also, "the situation" doesn't make any sense. If you were going to get into a car through the doors but saw a car coming up behind you, why would you run around to the back, open the cargo door, and climb in to the area where the vehicle would be struck rather than just step away two feet? They were being stupid teenagers just taking the fun way home. Take your stories and shove them where they belong.

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linuxGeek 1 year, 7 months ago

Ridiculous, How old are you....10? Let me tell you what a wise person told me...only dopes do dope, so if that makes him the smartest person you know...then I must agree with Mr. Tibbs...you better get yourself around some better people and get to church and pray for the way you look up to the wrong people. Jesus will be your friend!!

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Ridiculous 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes because there are always seatbelts in the back of an Explorer and the middle of the street is an appropriate place to park to let people enter your vehicle.. And stop spreading rumors and passing so much judgment, because last time I checked, that doesn't make you a good person either. And you should learn what the term beer googles mean because it certainly has nothing to do with me or this situation. If you want to just insult someone then try knowing something about them before you do it.
Finally about learning from a mistake, have you ever lied? Because most people I know, by the age of 10 have seen that lying is a mistake that their friends have made, yet people continue to lie their whole life. So tell me again how you're such a perfect person who would never make a mistake if anyone else in the world has ever made it.

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tigggr1570 1 year, 7 months ago

Ridiculous, you are ridiculous! Julian is a coward and deserves the worst punishment that can come at him. The kids getting into the other car weren't on the road yet and you have no idea what their plans for seatbelts or anything else were, however, we do know what Julian's actions were and what they caused! Stop defending this scum. Smart? Not even close! Good person? NO! He ran from the scene while Colby lay crushed on the ground dying! These are not the actions of a smart or good person! Take your beer goggles off and get back to reality! Your defense is a joke! By the way, just because other people make a mistake, doesn't mean you should make it too, it means you should be SMART enough to learn from it and not repeat it yourself, especially when it deals with someone ELSE'S LIFE! I hope he doesn't see the outside of a jail cell for the better part of his life!

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Ridiculous 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't disagree that alcohol will show up on Julian's blood test. I never said that he would "come out smelling good". He screwed up. And there's no chance that Charlie will "make it all go away completely", the Kuszmauls are not stupid enough to think that it will. But he will do like any good parent would and try to help as much as possible. If you're a parent and wouldn't try to support your child in a time like this, then you're not a very good parent. And, in all likelyhood, he is probably smarter than you, he just made a mistake. A mistake that millions and millions of people make every year, it's just that 90% or more don't have an accident due to that mistake. We just have to remember that everything happens for a reason. I have trouble with that myself, but if we are patient, then the reasons will become clearer in time.

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Ridiculous 1 year, 7 months ago

I've grown up with Julian. He is one of the smartest and most independent people I know. He is a great guy who made a bad decision. His "daddy" as some of you are saying is not who he relies on. He has been taking care of himself for a long time. And for all of the people saying that the students climbing into the back of a vehicle were being responsible, what is responsible about riding illegally in the cargo space of an Explorer? Last time I checked, seatbelts have to be worn by all, not just the designated driver. If they hadn't been acting stupid too, then no one would have been hurt. Or if this designated driver had bothered to park rather than just stop in the middle of the street. Since when is that legal? I'm not saying that Julian did not mess up, because he definitely did, but he is not the only one at fault here. The young man who was injured has my deepest sympathies, but maybe it can be a lesson to everyone involved.

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linuxGeek 1 year, 7 months ago

Instead of citations...most of these kids need rehab....and they need to learn not to get behind the wheel of a car...I think that is what this is really about and what it should really stand for instead of worring if the cops were doing their job. If you find em drunk...rehab them.

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linuxGeek 1 year, 7 months ago

So why didn't they arrest the one that caused the accident? Seriously...pissing in public and littering really...is being compared to a wonderful boy that has had his complete life altered by a irresponsible baby that chose to get behind the wheel of a car? OK...

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bevy 1 year, 7 months ago

It's hard to see any light here. Regardless of how much I despise drunk driving, having lost more than one friend to it over the years, this is a tragedy for everyone involved. So many young lives, forever altered. Both the victim and the driver will benefit from our prayers. Both will be paying for the rest of their lives.

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joes_donuts 1 year, 7 months ago

Lawrence Police should focus efforts on making sure everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car while drinking ends up in jail. Let the entire country know we support responsible drinking and prosecute all drunk drivers.

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tigggr1570 1 year, 7 months ago

not only was the life of Colby changed forever without his permission but so were the lives of every other kid in the car that was hit or had to witness the wreck. I don't say accident, because this was NO ACCIDENT! Julian did this on PURPOSE! He chose to drink and drive knowing full well it was dangerous and illegal! That makes it premeditated not an accident! Anyone trying to get him out of this is just as guilty!

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linuxGeek 1 year, 7 months ago

They were all out doing the same thing. They all made the "choice to drink" just some make the choice "not to drive". Julian made the "choice" to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and hurt someone. The reality of drinking and driving is you hurt someone else. Normally the driver always comes out without being hurt. You can't blame anyone's parents, but you can say that obviously the kids from Derby were taught better than to get behind the wheel of a car "jacked up" on whatever Julian happend to be on. I'm sure from the comments I saw that "Daddy" is trying to get him out of this one because "its not his fault he was drunk and almost killed someone else". One word PATHETIC!! "Its's the other kids fault for crossing the road while my drunk son was driving and didn't slow down". One word PATHETIC!! So before any of you go "judging" ....it didn't happen to your child. This was the fault of a very irresponsible person who needs to know what he has done wrong "DADDY"!

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hail2oldku 1 year, 7 months ago

Tibbs and Maria both seem to know Mr. Kuszmaul quite well.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 7 months ago

NickRondo "... the first car pulled up in the right lane of he street and the kid ran to the car and it was the kids mom picking him up from the party. He was trying to put suff in the back of his moms trunk it was locked so he told her to unlock it all happens so fast I dont even know if he ever put what ever he had in the back of the car or not then the 2nd suv came flying in and I think the guy that got hit tried getting out of the way but not in time the guy drilled the car, the driver didn't step on the breaks at all and hit the car and pinned him I guess probably going around 35-40 mph. "

Anyone remember this?

It was a horrifying thing to happen and to have your life altered so radically so fast in a way that is totally out of your control. I don't think there is anyone or anything to blame here. The rain falls on the good and bad alike. But he has love and compassion and support and that is the most important thing.

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verity 1 year, 7 months ago

Tragic indeed, almost beyond comprehension. Thoughts with him and his family and friends.

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Jayhawk_4_Life 1 year, 7 months ago

Hope this guy recovers as fully and quickly as possible.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh Man! My prayers are with him and his family.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

It's truly horrible, but the fact that his legs were severed below the knee may mean that prosthetics will allow him to function much more normally.

"The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs"

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/137552538/the-double-amputee-who-designs-better-limbs

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Norma Jeane Baker 1 year, 7 months ago

Tragic.

But also completely discredits last night's "this is what really happened" story about the kid being picked up by his mother and putting stuff in the trunk.

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