Archive for Friday, December 6, 2013

Pedestrians hit in Target lot identified

December 6, 2013


Police have identified the driver and the pedestrian victims in a Thursday accident in the Lawrence Target parking lot.

Police said Sheila Morgan, 50, of Lawrence, was driving a white 2005 Jeep when she struck Gary Benjamin, 72, of Garnett, and Marlys Hayden, 68, of Garnett, shortly after noon Thursday in the parking lot of the store in the 3200 block of Iowa Street.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said both suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

On Friday afternoon, a Lawrence Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Hayden's condition had improved and a spokeswoman at Overland Park Regional Medical Center said Benjamin remained in serious, but stable, condition and appeared to be "on the road to improvement."

McKinley said that as Benjamin and Hayden crossed from the store's exit doors to the parking lot, Morgan made a left turn from an isle and struck the two.

No citations or arrests have been made and police continue to investigate, McKinley said.


Mary Ellen Hall 4 years, 1 month ago

Sorry to be a spelling Nazi, but wouldn't that be "aisle", not "isle"?

John Kyle 4 years, 1 month ago

I assume it was one of the 'islands' in the parking lot.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 1 month ago

No need to apologize, Mary Ellen. You're correct and the editors should have caught this.

Brock Masters 4 years, 1 month ago

It shouldn't be isle or aisle. There are isles in parking lots, but people don't drive on them. There are aisles in the store, but not in the parking lot.

Daniel Speicher 4 years, 1 month ago

Actually, I believe that they got this spelling right. The isles are the dividers of the lot that have grass and trees on them. You may turn from them in the same manner that you may turn from a stop light. You are not actually on the isle just as you are not actually on the stop light, but it indicates the general location of the turn, not, necessarily, the exact location of where the vehicle was before the accident occurred.

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