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Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical crews tend to the victim of an accident near the intersection of 2nd and Michigan streets in Lawrence Friday afternoon. One person was reported to have minor injuries.
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I lived there briefly long, long ago when I was a student (back when they were filming The Day After scenes at the hospital). I was always a horrible intersection, poorly designed and badly adapted to its modern uses. Michigan and the continuing North Michigan is one of the few streets connecting the northern reaches of the city with the core. (Seems like there was a speeding kid who wrecked his car into a lightpole just after the interstate overpass and was killed in maybe '07?) South Michigan is bumper to bumper parking as the city allowed development without adequate room for the modern multi-car routine. (Law school girl killed by her creepy foreign boyfriend maybe 2-3 blocks south of there in '08?) Cars speeding off down 2nd to reach McDonald. The hospital only a block or so away.
If I recall, there was a murder in the late 80's just north of the intersection in a trailer that I believe is built over now in duplexes. Husband admitted he hit his wife but claimed she fell and hit her head. Kept her in the back toolshed until the neighbors grew suspicious after a few days. Jury didn't buy it.
Seems like there was also a case east of the intersection involving a mother letting her bf watch her kid while she was working at the hospital. Kid ended up dead. Maybe '05? If I recall not only did the jury convict the bf but I believe the worthless mother took a plea deal.
Hostage situation, suicide by cop in the trailer court on N. Michigan in '07.
And that girl viciously raped by her dirtbag Chicago bf in what, '09?, was about 2 blocks north. Rich parents tried to buy his way off.
Tragic section of the city. Get's worse the more incidents I remember.
all from a fairly typical car accident...amazing.
First off, hopefully everyone makes a full recovery!
Second, I'm not surprised. I AM surprised there aren't more accidents there. Drove north and south on Michigan for two years every M-F and had many close close with cars off the two side streets right there.
Many must think that intersection is a four way stop; it is not. Michigan St traffic has the right of way through and through. I remember a time a car that nearly ran the stop sign honked at ME as I drove south on Michigan. shakes head
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