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Man in critical condition following accident


A motorcyclist hit by a car around 10 p.m. Monday is in critical condition at a Kansas City-area hospital.Joseph K. Pfortmiller, 53, was riding a motorcycle west on Kansas Highway 10 when he collided with a 1996 Ford Contour traveling north on East Hills Drive.He was transferred to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.Lillian W. Sheain, 23, of Lawrence was the driver of the Contour. Pfortmiller was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. No citations have been issued at this time. Emergency callsLawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:¢ Coroner scene investigation, 6:52 a.m. Monday, 624 W. 12th St.¢ Gas leak, 8:01 a.m. Monday, 319 Maple St.¢ Detector activation, no fire, 10:02 a.m. Monday, 1734 Engel Road.¢ Gasoline or other flammable liquid spill, 12:17 p.m. Monday, 3320 Clinton Parkway.¢ Gasoline or other flammable liquid spill, 1:06 p.m. Monday, Massachusetts and West Ninth streets.¢ Accident, potential accident, 2:26 p.m. Monday, 1301 W. 24th St.¢ Smoke or odor removal, 5:23 p.m. Monday, 1800 Engel Rd.¢ Motor vehicle accident, 9:43 p.m. Monday, Louisiana and West 23rd streets.¢ Smoke detector activation, no fire, 2:04 a.m. Tuesday, 101 Compton Square.¢ Downed power line, 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, 925 Ind.


wcp 10 years, 11 months ago

Why no citations.
Unlesss the bike was traveling at an incredible speed the car has to be at fault - and caused serious injury.

Emily Hadley 10 years, 11 months ago

Wow, this is in addition to the motorcycle accident I saw at 23rd and Louisiana last night.

Centrist 10 years, 11 months ago

I agree. It's that "Pearson's" intersection. It seems as though the car had to have been at fault. I guess it will all come out at some point.

That crossing is deadly - people seem willing to risk driving blindly across it every single day. I see people take stupid chances on it each morning as I come in to work.

It is advisable to take EXTRA caution when approaching that intersection from any direction, day or night.

doc1 10 years, 11 months ago

it probably was her fault. And if she did work at pearson then its likely she did not have insurance.

ashultz 10 years, 11 months ago

doc1 - what is THAT supposed to mean? All of those intersections crossing K10 are extremely dangerous. Only a few more fatalities and/or near-fatalities and perhaps the City will see that the speed limit needs to be lowered and, oh, stop lights would be nice.

Christian Hinton 10 years, 11 months ago

What was the "coroner scene investigation" about? Did we have another suicide?

Laura Watkins 10 years, 11 months ago

i'm guessing that's the yellow sub address...

guesswho 10 years, 11 months ago

That was probably the death at the (former) Yellow Sub

irnmadn88 10 years, 11 months ago

At least it explains what the cause of the power outage was this morning...missed the Tour de France coverage, darn it.

katej 10 years, 11 months ago

I am SOOO glad that you looked her up on myspace, thats hilarious! Not the incident, just that she actually posted those pictures of herself for the whole world to see, free of charge. Let's hope the gentleman is ok, my thoughts are with him and those who love him.

gerbilsniper 10 years, 11 months ago

This seems kinda cold and i assure you i dont mean it that way....but dammit people are dropping like flies in Douglas County this month.

Christian Hinton 10 years, 11 months ago

I agree with gerbilsniper...dropping like flies indeed.

britstyx 10 years, 11 months ago

That's an incredibly sweeping and judgmental comment, Doc1, regarding the insurance status of someone who potentially works at Vangent. Btw, the company is no longer called Pearson, just FYI. In the meantime, we should be thinking and praying/hoping for the injured rider. Let's hope he pulls through.

gccs14r 10 years, 11 months ago

The intersection out there is under State control, not City, or the speed limit would've been dropped to 45 long ago.

blkling1999 10 years, 11 months ago

I find it amazing that so many people are judgemental, and that they take the time to look someone up on myspace like that. I feel bad for the rider, but where was his helmet? And did anyone think to consider how Lillian might be feeling? That maybe she's feeling downright terrible about what happened? Wait for the authorities to investigate before you judge someone.

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