Archive for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Topeka man injured in morning accident in “satisfactory condition”

December 4, 2012, 6:09 a.m. Updated December 4, 2012, 3:22 p.m.


A Topeka man is in "satisfactory condition," according to a Stormont-Vail Hospital spokeswoman, after suffering injuries in a head-on, two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on the South Lawrence Trafficway, just south of Clinton Parkway.

Lauro Salas Garcia, 51, was taken by air ambulance to Stormont-Vail in Topeka after his Chevrolet Silverado collided head-on with another vehicle about 5:40 a.m.

According to Douglas County Sheriff Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Jakob Devore, 21, Ottawa, was heading west when his vehicle drifted into the eastbound lane, striking Garcia's truck. The Silverado overturned, trapping Garcia.

Devore declined medical attention.


Russell Fryberger 5 years, 3 months ago

It will be much safer when they make that road a 4 lane, but that won't happen until the extension gets underway, which should be real soon. That stretch of highway is very dangerous, much worse than K10 on the east side of Lawrence.

headdoctor 5 years, 3 months ago

All the construction in the world is not going to save drivers from their own actions. Texting, half asleep, DUI, driving right on through stop signs or lights. I am surprised there aren't more accidents on and around the SLT.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 3 months ago

"All the construction in the world is not going to save drivers from their own actions."

Excuse me. Change the ending by adding "and the actions of others."

We should always remember that we don't only hold only our own and our passenger's lives in our hands when we drive, but also everyone else on the road is trusting us to drive safely.

Is their trust misplaced?

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 3 months ago

Are there plans to make the western half of the SLT four lanes? I know that was the original configuration but I figured that ship had sailed.

blindrabbit 5 years, 3 months ago

Several worst places on this road: (1) at intersection going into YSL and arboretum, (2) 2 overpasses at Clinton Parkway/K-10 crossover, (3) merge lane going from Clinton Parkway onto K-10 Northbound, lane on curve making approaching vehicles difficult to see (4) afore mentioned overpasses on curves with rough pavement.

skinny 5 years, 3 months ago

As usual we have to read another paper or TV news web page to find out what happened in Lawrence. The Kansas City news outlet even had picture and names. Not in the Lawrence Journal World! We need a real newspaper in this town!!

JackMcKee 5 years, 3 months ago

Once again, the local paper gets scooped by a news organization 40 miles away. Sad.

KiferGhost 5 years, 3 months ago

Do people read the jw for news? That is as funny as the so called newspaper. With all the shady stuff going on at city hall and with the developers and we are suppose to believe they are serious about covering the news?

brewmaster 5 years, 3 months ago

As usual and once again, the LJW exercises discretion and reports the known facts at the time of posting considerably before other agencies report on the incident. In addition, the LJW possesses the integrity and objectivity to allow bone-heads readers such as 'skinny', 'JackMcKee' and others to post derogatory remarks about it.

Mike Frizzell 5 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for the kind words Cheesburger. That's what I am here for.

JackMcKee 5 years, 3 months ago

Brewmaster has some low standards for journalism. Just the kind of person you'd imagine defending the lowsy reporting by the local paper.

Clickker 5 years, 3 months ago

Deputies says 21-year old Jakob Devore, of Ottawa, KS, was heading west on K-10 when his car drifted into the eastbound lanes. One car was able to avoid his car and spun out.

However, a vehicle behind it, a Chevrolet pickup, driven by Lauro Salas Garcia, 51, of Topeka, struck Devore's car head on

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 3 months ago

We were interested and it's now been updated. On our end, for what it's worth, we have to verify the information with the sheriff's office before we can print any more than the basics.

Shaun LJW

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 3 months ago

cheeseburger, What I would guess happened here is that an employee from one of the other outlets was in the area when this happened. I believe they also had a helicopter out monitoring traffic.

We saw a story posted just an hour after the accident, with names, which is highly unusual. Usually, police will provide that to us hours after the incident.

So, it looks like someone was in the right spot at the right time to be able to get something up so quickly, or perhaps knew someone involved. If you weren't on the scene, you have to wait to get in touch with police, who may or may not have been at the scene, and may or may not have information to give out. That usually takes several hours.

Not trying to make excuses, but trying to give an understanding of how we receive information.

Hope that helps explain it some.

Shaun LJW

parrothead8 5 years, 3 months ago

Head-on collision between a Mitsubishi Eclipse and a Chevy Silverado, and the driver of the Eclipse declines medical attention? That would not have been my first guess.

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 3 months ago

I went past this at 6:10AM, and the Eclipse wasn't as mangled as you might think. The grille and hood were pretty messed up but the rest of the car looked good. The upside down truck didn't look so great.

lunacydetector 5 years, 3 months ago

that road was supposed to originally been constructed as a 4-lane until the obstructionists started the lawsuits.

grimpeur 5 years, 3 months ago

And it was originally to have been south of the Wakarusa until somebody decided it would be better (for somebody) on 32nd St.

Neither the rationale for 32nd nor the identity of those who pushed for the change has ever been given, but the peculiar insistence on a 32nd St. is the reason it hasn't been built.

Shame, too. Because if we'd stuck with the original plan, it could have been built 20 years ago.

What's your point?

i1mred 5 years, 3 months ago

No it was originally to be on 34th Street.. then the tree huggers got it all messed up. The turn pike interchange was to be on the Lecompton road but got moved also. It now lines up with 59hwy north of Lawrence and needs to be completed. Lets get this road completed and remove all the at grade intersections.

KiferGhost 5 years, 3 months ago

And then we would need cable barriers and walls because people still were drifting into the other lanes even with four lanes of road. How about we start by teaching people how to drive?

i_read_things 5 years, 3 months ago

Was the accident Monday (just before 2:30 p.m.) at 6th and Rockledge reported? Saw a car overturned, several police cars, ambulances, but no story ...

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 3 months ago

i_read_things; I was out there at the 6th and Rockledge accident yesterday. It looked pretty bad, as the truck overturned, but police reported minor injuries.

We tweeted it out as it happened, and had a pic or two, but didn't write up a story because there weren't serious injuries.

Shaun LJW

Heather Perry 5 years, 3 months ago

yeah i was wondering about the wreck at 6th and rockledge as well!!

08Champs 5 years, 3 months ago

Eastbound white pickup illegally turned north - was hit by tan Prius travelling westbound in north lane (Prius had the right of way on green light). Pickup was "launched" (Channel 6 terminology) onto driver's side, and struck another vehicle on Rockledge (waiting for light). Driver of truck extricated and transported. Prius driver transported. Both reportedly with minor injuires. MY OPINION!!! Driver of pickup must have been traveling rather quickly through light and turning sharply in order for a Prius to turn it on it's side. I'm glad they're both ok, but the pickup driver should be slapped once they heal up. Was making that turn worth a few peoples lives? Of course not. This is one of those stupid things that should result in license suspension and mandatory driving class. Lets see if we can fix stupid.

Heather Perry 5 years, 3 months ago

or the chase in east lawrence i heard about

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 3 months ago

We'll have something on the chase from yesterday afternoon up shortly.

Shaun LJW

KiferGhost 5 years, 3 months ago

In the end it is just one of many automobile accidents that occur in Lawrence. The way people drive in this town, since there is little law enforcement, what else do we expect?

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