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Alcohol intoxication believed to be factor in collision

September 17, 2012

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Both the driver and the pedestrian involved in an automobile accident Sept. 2 near the intersection of Ninth and Ohio streets were suspected of alcohol intoxication by officers at the scene, according to a police report.

Hannah R. Swank, 20, of Topeka, was walking north across Ninth street at the Ohio intersection when she was struck by a westbound white Ford Explorer driven by Jay Edward Berryman, 25, of Lawrence.

According to the police report, the responding officer “believes the collision occurred because Berryman was impaired enough for him to miss seeing a pedestrian in the roadway. Responding officer also believes Swank was walking in the roadway intoxicated between the crosswalk and the curb lines.”

Both Berryman and Swank are listed as students on Kansas University’s website.

Swank was flown by air ambulance with serious injuries to a Kansas City hospital, but condition updates have not been available.

Berryman was not arrested nor charged following the accident, but toxicology results are pending. Police say it’s not unusual in such cases to wait to charge someone until such results come back, which could take several weeks.

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