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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Two pedestrians, including child, 3, suffer minor injuries after being struck by car on Iowa Street

April 1, 2013, 3:56 p.m. Updated April 1, 2013, 4:56 p.m.

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Two people, including a 3-year-old child, suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Iowa Street this afternoon.

The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Monday in the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection of 25th and Iowa Streets, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. The child and an adult were walking east across Iowa Street when an eastbound vehicle struck them while turning north onto Iowa Street, McKinley said. Witnesses told police the traffic signal had flashed "walk" for the pedestrians.

Police had not publicly identified either the pedestrians or the driver Monday afternoon. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said the pedestrians suffered minor injuries.

Comments

buckjennings 1 year ago

Another point which needs to be made to those who feel that pedestrians must bear the burden of responsibility is that many of our pedestrians are those who cannot drive for one reason or another. Such as children and the elderly. Yes, people need to be careful when crossing a street, but the responsibility really lies with the motorist. Children don't always make the best decisions-- because they're children. The elderly don't always hear or see very well. The penalties are just not severe enough for incompetent motorists. The idiot responsible for this collision (accident implies that no one was at fault) should lose their license for at least 6 months and if they discover they were texting or on the phone at the time, they should lose their license for much longer.

It's funny to me that motorcyclists must go through extensive training, take a tough test and pass a physical. Truckers now have to pass a very stringent physical that includes sleep studies, etc. Even a moderately high blood pressure will sideline a trucker these days. But for motorists any kind of incompetent oaf can apparently drive even large vehicles (such as Suburbans) with impunity. And when they make a stupid decision, there is always a legion of supporters here, ready to jump to their defense and to tell us that they know the motorist personally and that he's a nice guy who donates expired canned good regularly to the food bank. It's time to get tough-- we need tougher licensing (with yearly renewals that involve actually having to take and pass a real test) and tougher enforcement. The right-on-red needs to be rescinded. And the penalties for cell phone usage while driving need to be so severe that people think twice about using them. But that's too much to ask since driving has now become a "right" in our car-centric society where virtually everyone is hopelessly and utterly car-dependent.

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gilly 1 year ago

Right turn on red means that no one ever stops at an intersection anymore--vehicles come in all directions, and a pedestrian is lucky if a driver even taps the brakes. And there's a strong tendency for drivers to glance for vehicles only, and in one direction only. Pedestrians may have right of way at intersections and crosswalks and green lights and walk signs--but our culture presumes that everyone should be in a vehicle, so few drivers--so many young and inexperienced drivers, but older ones who should know better, too--so few register the presence of pedestrians, and even when they do register into awareness there's a presumption that might holds over law. The will of the City of Lawrence to enforce the rules of the roads to promote pedestrian safety isn't here, either, or there would be real consequences to not paying attention, and real consequences to bullying flesh and blood with a 2-ton vehicle.

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Carol Bowen 1 year ago

Right turns on red are very hazards for pedestrians. The driver is looking away from pedestrians while watching for a break in traffic. The most blatant lack to yield that I have seen was in front of the courthouse with police cars in view. In fact, any intersection on downtown Mass has problems with turning vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians.

In the 1970s, right turn on red was promoted as a gas and fuel emissions savings. Now, right turn on red has become a designated turn lane.

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08Champs 1 year ago

A passing motorist indicated that they pedestrian may have been in a wheelchair. Before the police arrived, he witnessed parts of what appeared to be a wheelchair in the road. SO - let's hold off on the texting while walking, etc., ok?

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jafs 1 year ago

My bad - forgive me. No excuse, just a brain fart.

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jafs 1 year ago

Just a small correction:

Iowa Street runs east-west, so you can't cross it going east, and a driver can't turn north onto it. It would be the other way around.

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repaste 1 year ago

Broken record that will continue to escalate. We are becoming more insulated in our cars, we are dis-engaging from world while driving, on auto-pilot while behind the wheel.

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been_there 1 year ago

Go talk to any crossing guard in the city, they'll have stories that you will leave you shaking your head.

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Robert Rauktis 1 year ago

If the the rock hits the bottle or the bottle hits the rock, it's still bad for the bottle, no matter if the bottle's got a court case. Why mom taught look both ways, even if you can afford a cell phone.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year ago

This:

A pedestrian may have no warning of a rear-approaching vehicle.

A pedestrian may have no warning of a rear-approaching vehicle. by Benjamin Roberts

A driver needs to watch blind spots.

A driver needs to watch blind spots. by Benjamin Roberts

Accidents occur when people fail.

Accidents occur when people fail. by Benjamin Roberts

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mikekt 1 year ago

In Berkley California, if you dare enter any cross walk with a car, in which a pedestrian has stepped off of the curb into, you can be ticketed. The pedestrians there, Legally have the right of way to all of that space from one side of the street to the other and if you drive into it, the cops will ticket you .

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mom_of_three 1 year ago

Okay, people. If the people above were in a crosswalk, as it indicates they were and they crossing at the proper time, it is the fault of the car.
If they were crossing at the wrong time, then it is partially their fault.

But if a person is crossing 23rd street in the middle of the block, coming behind the bus, then a car cannot stop in time. people have to be smart. Cars do not stop on a dime. there are laws for pedestrians as well.

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buckjennings 1 year ago

Sometimes even when you're paying close attention you can't be prepared for a sudden move by an imbecile behind the wheel. I never said it didn't make sense to pay attention, but it's clear that like most car-centric people, you feel that the person on foot bears the real burden of responsibility.

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Brock Masters 1 year ago

Pedestrians need to understand that they may have the right away but that doesn't mean it is safe to cross. Watch out for the drivers that do not see you or who are not paying attention. Keep your head up and watch out.

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gccs14r 1 year ago

I've seen drivers look straight at a pedestrian and gas it, daring the pedestrian to try to exercise his right of way. I've seen two in the last month, the most recent example being at 19th & Haskell with a guy cutting off a family with a stroller.

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jhawkinsf 1 year ago

I've seen this a million times, especially when riding my bicycle. A driver looks towards oncoming traffic, looking for a break so they might enter. The driver never looks the other way to see if pedestrians or bicyclists are present. All they ever saw was what they looked for, which was a break in oncoming traffic.

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year ago

How do you miss two people in a crosswalk? Probably texting or talking on a cell phone. Completely oblivious to anyone or anything around them.

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buckjennings 1 year ago

Naturally, it's always the pedestrian's fault. Funny how people who probably drive around the parking lot five times to find a spot near the door are always so quick to tell someone on foot how they should have walked whatever distance (to an even less safe intersection.)

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year ago

Don't know of a crosswalk or an intersection in the 2400 blk of Iowa. With that kind of traffic and having a 6 yr old, I think I would have gone to 23rd Iowa crosswalk/stop light. I hope the poor child is going to be alright and the adult too.

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mom_of_three 1 year ago

poor kid. wishes for a speedy recovery.

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