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Archive for Friday, June 15, 2012

Motorcyclist injured after Barker-19th roundabout crash

June 15, 2012

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A 23-year-old Lawrence man was injured early Friday morning after he crashed his motorcycle into the roundabout at 19th Street and Barker Avenue.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Michael D. Moss told police he was headed south on Barker Avenue in a 2005 Suzuki SV-650 while he was driving “too quickly” to negotiate the roundabout. The crash occurred just after 2 a.m.

Moss was wearing a helmet, and he suffered an injury to the lower part of his left leg.

McKinley said the accident report indicates officers have not issued any citations but that blood test results are pending.

Comments

Steve Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

I should add at about 1:40 PM yesterday I had someone call the city, because I hit a curb in the roundabout due to a large oil slick trail from about 19th and Louisiana to almost 19th and Haskell. At 5PM I saw someone did a good job putting down white powder stuff to get most of it, but I wonder if they got all of it.

UltimateGrownup 2 years, 6 months ago

This guy was injured by a roundabout and not too long ago, a motorcyclist was killed by the one on Clinton Parkway near Clinton Lake. It's basic physics -- put gigantic piles of concrete in the middle of the street and people will run into it. The reasons are myriad -- oil slicks, icy roads, driving too fast, rainstorms, vision issues, alcohol, weak brakes, etc. -- but the results are the same. More crashes, more injuries, more deaths. Over time, we need to get rid of our roundabouts.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, that or maybe everyone should learn how to drive around a curve without going off the road.

grimpeur 2 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, no driver error is ever involved.

Exhibit A right here, people.

pinecreek 2 years, 6 months ago

"Over time, we need to get rid of our roundabouts.

Or perhaps remove drivers from the road that have difficulty avoiding legal, immobile objects in the road. Which one is the true hazard?

Carol Bowen 2 years, 6 months ago

Historically, roundabouts decrease the number of accidents, especially broadside crashes. I'm guessing this person used poor judgement. At least with the roundabout, he couldn't hurt anyone else.

sjgreen 2 years, 6 months ago

or maybe 2am + motorcycle + 23 year old = too fast

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

autie, there's another advantage - if there's no other traffic or you time it right, you never have to stop!

That is of course assuming that you're able to keep your vehicle on the road around a curve.

overthemoon 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting that he was injured AFTER the accident...

lionheart72661 2 years, 6 months ago

I ride and the problem is you get a youngster on a crotch rocket they think they are indestructible and just haul butt wherever they go. he admitted it was his fault by going to fast. I don't like the round abouts either but there is a speed limit.

John Kyle 2 years, 6 months ago

Anyone complaining about the 19th and Barker roundabout obviously doesn't remember what was there before. Love the roundabout!

Mike Edson 2 years, 6 months ago

They are also called "Traffic calming devices." All too often on 19th and Barker some yahoo blows through the roundabout, usually heading east or west, without every slowing. There should be rules posted on a big sign at each of the four entrances. Rule #1 watch for pedestrians. Rule #2, always slow and yield to those vehicles who are currently in the roundabout. Rule #3 If you are in the circle do not stop in the middle. Keep it moving people. Oh, and stay calm while doing it.

Allan Jackson 2 years, 6 months ago

Actually the traffic calming devices are different than roundabouts. There are several T.C.D's in the neighborhoods between campus and 19th St. They have stop signs and act like normal intersections, but there's a big obstacle in the middle to force people to slow down.

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