Hit-and-run accident injures pedestrian in North Lawrence; driver reportedly displayed middle finger instead of stopping

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

A Lawrence police car sits outside a crime scene in this file photo from 2009.

Police were looking for a driver who reportedly sideswiped a couple walking in North Lawrence, injuring the woman.

Instead of stopping, the driver reportedly flipped the couple off and drove away.

The incident occurred at 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of North Third Street, where the 53-year-old woman and her 42-year-old fiance were walking northbound along the curb, on their way to the Airport Motel, 1493 U.S. Highway 40, Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said in an email.

According to Murphree:

The woman told police that a vehicle she couldn’t see struck her from behind. She said she was initially hit on the arm, possibly by the vehicle’s side mirror, then spun around by the impact and hit again on the leg, possibly by a tire. She fell to the ground and wasn’t immediately able to get back up. An ambulance was called.

The woman’s fiance told police he thought the vehicle was a dark SUV. He said he yelled at it to stop but that the driver “placed a hand out the window and displayed a middle finger,” Murphree said.

More details about the woman’s injuries weren’t available. Late Monday, according to Murphree, the police investigation was ongoing.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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