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Former state representative Solbach remains hospitalized after April 18 collision

April 25, 2013

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A 65-year-old former state legislator badly injured in a head-on collision last week remains in Kansas University Hospital as doctors treat him for several broken bones.

Former state representative John Solbach discusses a county project on Stull Road in 2002. The former state representative is recovering after being badly injured in an April 18 accident on that road, near his home in western Douglas County.

Former state representative John Solbach discusses a county project on Stull Road in 2002. The former state representative is recovering after being badly injured in an April 18 accident on that road, near his home in western Douglas County.

John Solbach, a former lawmaker and Lawrence attorney, is expected to recover after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a car about 9 a.m. April 18 on a county road in western Douglas County, said his son, Bart Solbach, Thursday. Doctors performed surgery on Solbach Tuesday, the most recent of several operations to repair broken bones that include his pelvis, hip, clavicle, arm and leg.

"He should be all right," Bart Solbach said.

Solbach was driving a Kawasaki Mule ATV west on Stull Road when he entered the eastbound lane to make a left turn and collided with a car traveling eastbound. Solbach was ejected from the ATV and transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office report.

Solbach was mentally alert after the accident, but will remain in the hospital for some time, his wife, Pat, said last week.

The sheriff's office was still investigating the accident Thursday and had not issued any citations in connection with it, said Lt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff's office spokesman. A passenger in the car that struck Solbach's ATV was treated for minor injuries following the accident.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

long recovery, lots of rehab work. hope the pain is being managed well.

this article is no surprise to me, given the severity of his injuries. just glad he had no head injury.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 1 year, 5 months ago

I do hope Solbach recovers from his injuries. He used to be our state congressman. If it is illegal to drive those type of vehicles on a public road, a change should be made in the law to assist farmers and ranchers to get to their property. My neighbor drives his on a public road for about 1/4 mile to reach his property behind me. He pastures his cattle there. He mostly drives his pickup truck, but the 4 wheeler has a weed sprayer on it and he needs it to spray noxious weeds in their pasture.

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otto 1 year, 5 months ago

If you read the article - the only illegal thing he did was not yield to the car that hit him and maybe driving on the wrong side of the road.

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otto 1 year, 5 months ago

Lynn7312 hours, 27 minutes ago

I do hope Solbach recovers from his injuries. He used to be our state congressman. If it is illegal to drive those type of vehicles on a public road, a change should be made in the law to assist farmers and ranchers to get to their property

Well the earlier article clearly stated that operating this vehicle on the roadway was not illegal. Changing laws as suggested in the above post will not solve anything.

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