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Sheriff’s officers suspect alcohol a factor in fatality accident north of Baldwin

June 26, 2012

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Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators suspect a Lawrence man who died in a crash last Friday north of Baldwin City was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle.

According to the accident report released Tuesday, officers believe Jeffrey Scott Walton, 50, was going too fast as he entered a curve as he headed north on County Road 1055 at 6:05 p.m. Friday. He over-corrected after his 1988 Chevrolet Nova went onto the shoulder. As he re-entered the road, his vehicle crossed the center line, skidded sideways across both lanes and collided with a southbound 1996 Honda Accord driven by Kathryn Grace Reed, 32, Lawrence.

The wreck was in an area known as Baldwin Hill.

Walton died from his injuries as medics were preparing to transport him in a helicopter ambulance. Walton’s passenger David Kalb, 49, Lawrence, was flown to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. According to the report, Walton wore a seat belt, and Kalb did not.

Reed, who also wore a seat belt, declined medical treatment but said she would see a doctor later.

Reed had no alcohol in her system. The report says officers noted Walton and Kalb both smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages, and investigators found several containers of alcoholic beverages in and around the vehicle. Blood test results for Walton are still pending as part of his autopsy.

Kalb was listed in critical condition Tuesday at KU Hospital.

Comments

blindrabbit 1 year, 9 months ago

roberta: Your friends, sorry for your loss! However, these individuals are/were human but not acting with the human ability to think about the consequences of drinking and driving. Too bad for them, but thank goodness they did not maim or kill somebody else on their "highway to hell".

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robertaburnett 1 year, 9 months ago

BOTH OF THE MEN ARE FRIENDS OF MINE. i know for a fact b4 this was even printed those of us who knew them had a feeling alcohol was involved. it is a shame that the media keeeps updating info, but it is there right. and i for one appreciate the knowledge and updates, horrible as they may be, becuse non family members are not allowed to be told anything, last i knew about David, aka double D, he was stable, but as it reads he is still critical. and whether it be family friend or stranger how dare any of you say some of these mean things regarding alcohol being involved, I DO NOT AGREE WITH DRINKING AND DRIVING ONE BIT. but they are still human.

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Stuart Evans 1 year, 9 months ago

I think superswagg is probably a little too close to this deceased individual and would be best served to avoid online comment forums regarding the incident. Time and time again, people who have too much emotional attachment come here and cannot handle the facts and fictions that are told. I understand that you're looking for an outlet for your emotions, but lashing out at the paper and individuals discussing this tragedy is not going to get your point made or make you feel better in any way.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 9 months ago

Outlaw alcohol. Far too many deaths as result. And keep lowering the blood alcohol point till we all are "drunk drivers". If it's that dangerous, outlaw it!

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kawrivercrow 1 year, 9 months ago

I also take issue with the strongly implied assumption of guilt without the obviously necessary lab results before trying the deceased in the court of public opinion.

I understand few people have the real-life experience of being in a high-speed impact (nor have I), but one thing I know is that everything in the car becomes a projectile; tossed around, scattered and shattered like eggs in a bucket. A 12 pack of beer or bottle of liquor, etc.,closed and sitting on the back seat could easy end up spraying the contents everywhere, giving the initial impression of occupants with open containers who reek of alcohol.

It could happen to myself or anybody else who purchases packaged alcohol to go then has a wreck of their own fault or not.

Let's at least remember that circumstantial evidence is usually inadequate grounds for conviction in a legal court even with a thorough evaluation of the evidence, let alone an introductory newsbrief.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 9 months ago

So fellow posters......If the deceased was your father, brother, close friend...Would you feel the same way?

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horseshoehalo1 1 year, 9 months ago

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consumer1 1 year, 9 months ago

This man chose to drink and drive, what if the non toxicated woman in the honda had died??? I do not excuse his bad choice. I am sorry he has passed away, but thank God above he didn't kill someone else, even his intoxicated passenger.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 9 months ago

Is this information really necessary? He's deceased. His family is in pain and going through unimaginable pain. Why can't newspaper just let it go. You screen posts in situations like this because of the sensitivity of the issue but you don't have any problem printing heartless, insensitive articles like this. Isn't that just a bit hypocritical?

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blindrabbit 1 year, 9 months ago

Somebody once said that alcohol and driving sometimes result in bad outcomes!

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