SUV hits house owned by Lawrence city commissioner; accident injures 1

Story updated at 7:49 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16:

A driver was injured and an SUV struck a house as a result of an accident Friday afternoon, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Reached by phone Friday evening, Lawrence City Commissioner Matthew Herbert confirmed that the home on Kasold Drive is one of his rental properties.

A 20-year-old Overbrook man was reportedly driving a Ford F150 southbound in the left lane on Kasold, approaching Eighth Street, around 2:45 p.m. Friday. He attempted to make a left turn, crossing in front of a vehicle in the turn lane, the KHP report says.

The F150 reportedly struck a Jeep Patriot that was headed northbound on Kasold and had the right of way, according to the KHP. That caused the Patriot to leave the roadway and strike a house, the report says.

The driver of the F150 reportedly suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the Patriot, a 22-year-old Topeka man, and a passenger, a 22-year-old Lawrence man, were not injured, according to the report. All involved were wearing seat belts, the report says.

Herbert said the Patriot “took out the garage door” and estimated it would cost about $1,000 to fix.

He said in the roughly 10 years he’s owned the property, this is probably the fourth car that’s hit it. There used to be a large sycamore tree in the yard that bore the scars, Herbert said.

The property is currently occupied, but none of the residents were injured, Herbert said. No one in the home has been injured in past incidents, either, he said.

Herbert encouraged drivers to be more attentive.

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