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Off-duty Lawrence police officer involved in vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident Tuesday morning

June 18, 2014, 5:48 p.m. Updated June 19, 2014, 1:04 p.m.

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A pedestrian near Clinton Lake suffered injuries Tuesday morning after an off-duty Lawrence police officer on a family camping trip struck her with his vehicle.

The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. after Daniel Ashley, 34, of Eudora, put his campsite trash in a dumpster at Hickory Walnut Campground near Clinton Lake, said Douglas County Sherriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis.

While backing out of the garbage area, Ashley reported hearing a “thump” under his Ford Expedition SUV. He stopped the vehicle and looked around and found a woman lying to the side of and partially under his vehicle, Lewis said. Ashley told dispatchers the woman had abrasions.

The Lawrence woman, Kathleen Bowman, 74, who lives at Clinton Lake during the summer as a volunteer camper, was taken by ambulance to Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka.

Nurses told investigators that Bowman had small fractures on the right side of her face. Lewis said that when asked whether she was only struck or if the vehicle had run her over, Bowman could not remember.

Bowman's daughter, Cheryl Taylor, said Thursday that Bowman was in extreme pain and suffered a concussion.

The case has not been closed. Bowman was released from Stormont-Vail and transferred to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for physical rehabilitation Wednesday.

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