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KU student in serious condition after being hit by truck Tuesday

January 23, 2013

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Tuesday bicyclist accident

Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a truck heading north on Iowa Street collided with a bicycle near the Harvard Road intersection, sending the cyclist to the hospital with critical injuries. Enlarge video

A 22-year-old Kansas University student is in serious condition at Kansas University Hospital after being hit by a truck Tuesday while riding a bicycle across the intersection of Iowa Street and Harvard Road.

Matthew G. Koontz was critically injured by a truck traveling northbound on Iowa Street about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said the truck, a commercial vehicle, ran a red light at the intersection while Koontz was crossing Iowa Street.

A LifeStar helicopter landed in nearby Centennial Park to transport Koontz to the KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

McKinley said the truck driver, Joseph Michaels, 29, of Overbrook, was not injured. No citations had been issued Tuesday, and police did not have more information Wednesday.

A LifeStar helicopter landed at Centennial Park and picked up a critically injured patient who was involved in an accident shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Iowa Street and Harvard Road.

A LifeStar helicopter landed at Centennial Park and picked up a critically injured patient who was involved in an accident shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Iowa Street and Harvard Road.

A cyclist was transported by helicopter with critical injuries in an accident with a car about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday at Iowa Street and Harvard Road. One lane of northbound traffic was stopped near the accident at about 1 p.m.

A cyclist was transported by helicopter with critical injuries in an accident with a car about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday at Iowa Street and Harvard Road. One lane of northbound traffic was stopped near the accident at about 1 p.m.

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Scenes from a Tuesday truck and bicycle accident in Lawrence.

Comments

cheeseburger 1 year, 2 months ago

Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery, Matt.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

you can replace bicycles, you can't replace people.

I hope Matthew Koontz survives and recovers! his life is changed.

I sincerely hope he has loving and comforting people around him now.

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monheim 1 year, 3 months ago

I hope everyone involved comes through ok.

I saw a "traffic enforcement" van parked there that day with an officer in the middle of the intersection with some kind of device on a pole like he was measuring something. I wonder if they were gathering evidence or something. Can't remember if it was before or after this incident.

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