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Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Alcohol involved in Oct. 19 accident

October 31, 2012

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An accident report from an Oct. 19 incident in which a Lawrence man was run over by a vehicle provided additional details about the case.

According to the report, Elbert Davis Jr., 22, of Lawrence, had fallen face-down on North Seventh Street, just north of Ash Street. The report indicates Davis has medical issues and had been drinking alcohol before the fall.

About 1:30 a.m., a Dodge Stratus driven by Wade Briscoe, 21, of Lawrence, turned the corner on Ash Street and headed north on North Seventh Street. Briscoe ran over Davis, dragging him 56 feet.

Officers suspect Briscoe had been drinking alcohol, and tests were administered. Results of those tests are pending, and Briscoe has not been arrested or charged.

Davis was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, but a condition update has not been available.

Comments

Richard07 2 years, 1 month ago

Its a sad story with a sad ending but pending the DUI results it still begs the question "How responsible am I whether or not there is any discernable level of alcohol in my system for running over some one who is laying in the street at 1:00 AM?"

Cai 2 years, 1 month ago

truth: it won't matter.

It's illegal to drive while intoxicated whether you hit anyone/anything or not.

Granted, dude shouldn't have been laying in the street, so we can argue the culpability of the driver for the injury - but if his BAC was above .08, he'll be charged regardless of whether he's culpable for the injury or not.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 1 month ago

You can't legally run over someone. If they are in the street you are expected to stop. If it is dark you should have your lights on and be able to see someone lying in the street and stop before hitting them.

BatCountry 2 years, 1 month ago

Anyone know how far it is from the Curve at Ash street till the point of impact?

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 1 month ago

About 1:30 a.m., a Dodge Stratus driven by Wade Briscoe, 21, of Lawrence, turned the corner on Ash Street and headed north on North Seventh Street. Briscoe ran over Davis, dragging him 56 feet.

It is impossible to figure that out from the report. I think I see what you are getting out, if the driver was just coming around the curve he had a much smaller window of opportunity to stop. Good question, and thank you for it as it reminds us of all the variables that go into making an accident happen.

parrothead8 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm assuming his car didn't drive itself to the side of the road?

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