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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

LJ Whirled 1 year, 5 months ago

DUI and Probability don't mix.

If you drive "over the limit", you may never get caught ... but, if you do it often enough, over a long enough period, the odds are that you will encounter something, like, say, a guy laying in the street just around a curve in the middle of the night. It might be your first DUI event, or your three-thousand-and-first, but at some point, the math catches up with you. I

I knew a guy once who was legally stopped along the side of a roadway, car running but not moving, and a young bicyclist who was racing other bicyclists looked back to check on his lead and ran into the legally stopped car ... hit the side-view mirror and trashed himself. The car driver called 911, an ambulance came, and so did some cops, one of whom smelled beer in the car, and the driver/parker ended up blowing a .081 .... Boom! DUI includes "parking under the influence."

Was the wreck his fault? Doesn't sound like it.
Did drinking by the driver make any difference? Probably not.

Will that matter? Nope.

It's all in the math.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 5 months 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.

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BatCountry 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Richard07 1 year, 5 months 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?"

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