Archive for Monday, July 16, 2012

Two injured in motorcycle accident in Jefferson County

July 16, 2012


Two Topeka residents were injured Sunday evening in a motorcycle accident just northwest of Lawrence, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.

Herrig said Michael Padorke, 44, lost control of the motorcycle about 5:45 p.m. while headed east on U.S. Highway 24 at the curve at Phillips Road. Herrig said officers thought Padorke was driving too fast to negotiate the curve in the highway.

Padorke and his passenger, Alisha Langham, 36, were not wearing helmets, Herrig said. Both suffered head injuries that are not thought to be life threatening, he said.

Padorke was flown via LifeStar helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and Langham was taken by Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Officials at both hospitals said Monday they were not able to release information about either person’s condition because of patient privacy policies. Herrig said there was no evidence Padorke was impaired before the crash.


davidmcg 5 years, 7 months ago

There are so many accidents right there in that series of curves. Some more serious than others including fatalities in even the last 10 years. KDOT should really do something and I don't mean a reduced speed limit posting, that won't work because too many ignore posted speeds. Maybe rumble strips would be indicated here. The best solution is also the most expensive but would definitely work -- buy property rights along the north and south end and straighten or lessen the curve radius. KDOT spends a lot of monry on road maintenance and construction, certainly this could be included in a budget somewhere in time. There are a lot of vehicles that traverse that area daily, most of which are familiar with the area and know they need to slow down and be cautious. But there are also those from out of the area who have never traveled that route or rarely do and the curves catch them by surprise. Especially in the hours of darkness, along with sunrise/sunset with the sun in your eyes. I have been suggesting upgrades to that are to KDOT and elected officials for years and nothing is done. How many people have to be crippled or die before something is done?

kansasredlegs 5 years, 7 months ago

Couldn't agree more. So, with your spot on comment, we need to stop the absurb cable barrier in the middle of K-10 and save the taxpayers a couple million!

Windy Black 5 years, 7 months ago

I believe that is for other people's safety, like the little boy who lost his life. You can drive perfectly but still not be safe from other's.

davidmcg 5 years, 7 months ago

No whining here people, just common sense. People should slow down, people should drive more cautiously, but they don't. The state should not be a nanny and jump in and try to do everything, I agree. But there are those instances where it is advisable and makes sense, especially if it is you or a family member involved, which for me, has not happened. But, also, there are times where the road, time of day and environmental conditions, along with driver error all come into play and disasters occur. Think who and what travels down that road. A lot of hazardous materials drive that route. True, there hasn't been an incident yet, but it is only a matter of time. When it happens, everyone - especially insurance companies and lawyers all look to see if everything possible was done to make the road safer. In this case of this particular area, there is a lot that could be done to make the area safer. Would it make more sense to spend taxpayer monies to make the road safer and a continuous speed, or wait and play the odds that nothing will happen any time soon? Its our money. Is the clock ticking? The next truck of anhydrous is traveling that direction now, do you live within 2 miles of the possible evacuation area? Then there are even more dangerous loads that travel that route. In a really bad event, how many people would be effected by a mass evacuation - 3000 residents maybe, not to mention all the traffic that would have to detour over to I-70, US 40 and K-92. Luckily Perry-Lecompton is west and not in line with prevailing winds generally. Trains tracks are run as straight as possible and for very good reason, roads that carry hazardous materials should also be as straight as possible.

Sammie Messick 5 years, 7 months ago

The curve at Phillips Road as well as the next one west about a mile away are both marked with a curve marker and a reduced speed limit, so the only reason the curve should come as a big surprise is if they aren't paying attention to the signs.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 7 months ago

The two curves are not marked with vertical rectangle black-on-white speed limit signs. They are marked with square-shaped black-on-yellow "suggested speed limit" signs.

The problem with the south end's curve is that its arc is too tight for safely allowing much speed above 40mph. Go into it much faster and centrifugal force makes navigating the curve dicey unless you're skilled at four-wheel drift. Which most people aren't.

For my own safety I would like an official 40mph speed limit through that south end curve. The north end curve? 45 maybe.

US-24 Highway is marked 55mph between these curves and east/west of the curves. If you're a driver from out of area who typically cheats the speed limit, and you hit one of those curves -- especially the south end curve -- doing 60mph, your designated beneficiaries a few weeks later might find themselves unexpectedly enriched after collecting on your life insurance policy.

kernal 5 years, 7 months ago

If there isn't one already, maybe a sign warning of curves ahead and lowering the speed limit 10mph for that section of road would get drivers attention. Certainly would beat the cost of KDOT straightening out the road

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

I know Kansas does not require a helmet for persons 18 or over. If you ride a motorcycle, an accident is inevitable. The longer you ride the more your chances increase. I have been riding for over 40 years and have been lucky to only have had 2 accidents. Walked away from both with minor injuries because I CHOOSE to wear a helmet at all times. Common sense! I hope they heal up well and get back on the road soon. It will still be their choice to wear a Helmet or not.

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