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Archive for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV

November 13, 2012, 3:24 p.m. Updated November 13, 2012, 4:01 p.m.

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A cyclist was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital with critical injuries after a vehicle struck him near 11th and Kentucky streets. The vehicle and bicycle collided at about 3:15 p.m.

Lawrence police investigate a vehicle-versus-bicycle accident at 11th and Kentucky streets. The cyclist suffered critical injuries and was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital.

Lawrence police investigate a vehicle-versus-bicycle accident at 11th and Kentucky streets. The cyclist suffered critical injuries and was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital.

Medics load an injured cyclist onto an air ambulance in Memorial Stadium's parking lot. The cyclist was injured when he was struck by an SUV at the intersection of 11th and Kentucky streets on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

Medics load an injured cyclist onto an air ambulance in Memorial Stadium's parking lot. The cyclist was injured when he was struck by an SUV at the intersection of 11th and Kentucky streets on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

A white Chevrolet sport utility vehicle was traveling west on 11th Street when it struck the cyclist, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. McKinley said police were not sure in which direction the cyclist was heading.

McKinley could not specifically address the injuries suffered by the cyclist, who was wearing a helmet.

Eleventh Street between Kentucky and Tennessee streets is closed, and will remain so for several hours, McKinley said. Traffic on westbound 11th Street and northbound Kentucky Street is reduced as police investigate the scene.

McKinley said police are looking for eyewitnesses, and urged anyone who saw the accident to call Lawrence police at 832-7509.

Check LJWorld.com for more information as it is available.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 4 months ago

Walking/Cycling Endeavor

Since there is plenty of money in Lawrence I see no reason why the city does not adopt a plan submitted by Mike Myers that would connect the Burroughs Creek trail to the river levee and other close by trails. This plan was designed at no cost and is practical.

There always seems to money lying around when city hall wants to do a project. This project costs significantly less money than is applied to tax incentives and would provide additional safe passage for cyclists.

The cost for one mile of 4 lane highway = 250 miles of walking/cycling pathways. The best bang for the tax buck.

For the cost of the $40-$50 million Field House Lawrence,Kansas could have maybe 750 miles of new and safer wider sidewalks in old east Lawrence plus several hundred miles of safer cycling paths throughout Lawrence that would take cyclist somewhere.

Parents would love this safe travel for their children. All for the best bang for our tax bucks.

City Hall could create pathways on two of the most dangerous streets for both pedestrians and cyclists aka Tennessee and Kentucky. The right of way is available aka existing sidewalks and there is a ton of bike and pedestrian traffic in these areas.

The investment is small compared to the safety that could be provided.

Frankly all cyclists,walkers,joggers etc etc etc etc are worth this investment.This could certainly be accomplished for wayyyyyyy less than another $25 million Athletic project. Maybe $750,000 – one million $$$. Yes throw my tax dollars at this project.

Thinking of the multi millions city hall gives away to developers this Tennessee and Kentucky concept is not even a drop in the bucket.

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dipweed 1 year, 5 months ago

I have cycled with Don many times and agree that it would be very out of character for him to take risks on the road. I think there is more to this story than we have heard thus far.

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family1st 1 year, 5 months ago

To those of you who have expressed concern for Don, thank you. He is very banged up with many fractures but should recover. Yes, he is an avid cyclist and has been for many years. He is also compulsively safety conscious so if he did turn in front of a car that would be very out of character.

The police are looking for anyone who witnessed the accident so that they have more than JUST the driver's account of what happened. If anyone did see it happen please contact the Lawrence Police.

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flloyd 1 year, 5 months ago

I felt safer riding a bicycle in San Francisco when I lived there than I do here in Lawrence...

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Jean Robart 1 year, 5 months ago

LJW--- can we get an update on the gentleman who was hurt? I heard on the news he was 60ish, but that's all. And was this really a hit and run, like they said on tv?

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neworleans 1 year, 5 months ago

Keep the bicycles off the road where the cars are; just that simple; are not there trails for these bikes somewhere else........I have seen the bike riders weave in and out of traffic many times; this is no place for bike riders.................go find a trail somewhere in the mountains.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Above all else be sure motorized vehicles are aware and stopped before proceeding. Some drivers believe the right of way belongs to them no matter what. Right or wrong motorized vehicles are too big.

Of course Lawrence,Ks wants this person to recover.... absolutely.

Perhaps the City of Lawrence should consider providing two " Pedestrian - Cyclists Safe Pathways" in this area.

Create pathways on two of the most dangerous streets for both pedestrians and cyclists aka Tennessee and Kentucky. The right of way is available aka existing sidewalks and there is a ton of bike and pedestrian traffic in these areas at all hours.

  1. Widen sidewalks on the eastside of each street to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Light them up.
  3. Provide cross walk signs and markings at each intersection from 7th to 19th to increase awareness of drivers
  4. Decrease speed by 5 mph from 7th to 19th
  5. In the process the city is making it safer for women = rape prevention.
  6. Name these pathways "Safer off street travel for All"

The investment is small compared to the safety that could be provided. KU students are worth the investment considering the number of jobs they generate and tax dollar revenue they generate. Frankly all cyclists,walkers,joggers etc etc etc etc are worth this investment.

This could certainly be accomplished for wayyyyyyy less than another $25 million Athletic project.

Again Lawrence needs this person to recover.

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feetup 1 year, 5 months ago

Since I've moved back I have developed a "little old lady' driving habit. Start slow, check every mirror, drive slow, alway allowing a merge in, putt putt. So if you see me, don't honk at me. Im trying to be safe for me and those around me. Especially on the one way traffic ways. I'm the one doing the speed limit while other cars fly around me and look annoyed. yeah im that car. Even at the speed limits i have been swooped by all kinds of vehicles, 2 and 4 wheels. But I am very glad i usually see them first. I try to give 2 wheels units plenty of room to safely manuever My heart and prayers to this young cyclist for a recovery.

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cdecoito 1 year, 5 months ago

There definitely were responders... Several police cars. No ambulance for 15-20 minutes.

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majiktami 1 year, 5 months ago

not the time/place for sarcasm.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

oh. this is bad. I sincerely hope and pray he recovers.


so many accidents in a short time in just a few blocks' distance.

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majiktami 1 year, 5 months ago

My children and I rolled up on this accident within two minutes of impacst, and there was an official there, but we heard sirens and I cried as the ambulance helicopter flew over. I pray that this person will recover. It has been breaking my heart all night. I pray he is ok.

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repaste 1 year, 5 months ago

Anyone see the bike? I heard it was a red specialized. Carbon or alum.?

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repaste 1 year, 5 months ago

Liberty, you are all I imagine you to be. Put a sign on your SUV, let's see what a cyclist can do to you. You would be shocked.

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mytwocents 1 year, 5 months ago

This is a terrible intersection for cyclists. If you are on a bike heading West up 11th street from downtown and wish to cross Kentucky Street you have two legal options:

1) Stay in the left most Westbound lane, which is not near the curb, and risk cars behind you being mad and honking at you to get out of their way when the light turns. Cars honk at cyclist in this lane all the time. The light turns, and you are using your pedal power to start cycling through the intersection, which is not nearly as fast as the folks who hit the gas. The cars are trying to make that next light up at Tennessee, which is timed to change less than a minute after the light turns on Kentucky & 11th.

2) Stay in the right lane, which is the turning lane and the lane next to the curb. When you do this, the turning cars are mad at you because they want to turn right on red and you are preventing them from doing that, but it does allow you to cross at an officially painted cross walk.

The third route is the route that breaks the law, but the most safe route. This is where you ride up 11th street, and at the retirement community building, you illegally cross the yellow line and ride over to the sidewalk so that you can cross the Kentucky/11th intersection on the crosswalk on the opposite side of the street. I then usually wait for a red light and cross while traffic is stopped. This takes a little bit longer, and requires you to ride on the sidewalk which is illegal in the downtown business district, and also requires you to illegally ride over the yellow line. Of course you also risk then having pedestrians yell at you for riding on the sidewalk. Had this happen on more than one occasion too.

I don't know if this man was injured while cycling westbound like these routes I've written about, or if the cyclist was heading down the hill, eastbound, which is usually a much safer biking route.

We need a safe bike route from downtown to the Oread neighborhood. Rachel Leek was killed on her bike in the 1000 block of Tennessee just around the corner from this bike accident. It's clear the city needs to take some steps to helping biking be safer in this town.

Btw, the helmet is still on the ground at the intersection. Did it fall off in the accident? Or did first responders just ditch it there?

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cdecoito 1 year, 5 months ago

Was at the scene very shortly after the accident and it took an ambulance nearly 20 minutes to arrive on the scene. Maybe this man's critical injuries could've been better treated with an immediate response. I'm thoroughly disgusted at this.

Thoughts and prayers to the victim!

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Scattered 1 year, 5 months ago

Praying for a full recovery. Everyone does need to slow down. The roadways in this town can be scary if you are on a bicycle, on foot, or even in a vehicle.

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kwilkins74 1 year, 5 months ago

Everyone needs to SLOW down and pay more attention. Too many people are in a hurry all the time. Thoughts are with those involved.

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