Archive for Monday, July 17, 2017

Lawrence man killed in motorcycle wreck involving deer was owner of Slow Ride Roadhouse

July 17, 2017, 3:50 p.m. Updated July 17, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle wreck early Sunday morning just east of Lawrence.

Felipe Jesus “Jesse” del Campo, 56, of Lawrence, was flown to the University of Kansas hospital after the wreck and died of his injuries later on Sunday, said Sgt. Kristen Channel of the sheriff’s office.

Family identified del Campo as Jesse Martin del Campo Jr., who, along with his mother, owned Slow Ride Roadhouse, the biker-friendly bar and restaurant at 1350 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, his sister Catalina Martin del Campo said.

The wreck, which involved two motorcycles and a deer, happened shortly after midnight Sunday in the 1600 block of North 1550 Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

The man driving the first motorcycle swerved to miss a deer, and his motorcycle ended up on its side, Channel said. She said the driver of the second motorcycle, del Campo, was unable to avoid the first wrecked motorcycle and struck it, also wrecking.

The driver of the first motorcycle, Robert Heafey, 51, of Lawrence, received nonlife-threatening injuries, Channel said.

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