Scooter driver still in ICU following collision with truck in Lawrence

A scooter driver who collided with a pickup and ended up pinned under the truck remains in intensive care more than two weeks later, according to family.

The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. June 20 at 21st and Tennessee streets.

Max Van Holt, 51, of Springfield, Mo., was in town visiting his brother, Lawrence resident Tom Van Holt, and had borrowed his scooter, Tom Van Holt said.

Tom Van Holt told the Journal-World this week that his brother was expected to recover but that full recovery was projected to take up to a year. For now, he remains on a ventilator and heavily sedated at the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He said his brother suffered 14 broken ribs, bruised lungs, a broken hip and “road rash” on all of his limbs.

Van Holt said a bystander at the scene called 911 and then called him — at his brother’s request — before police arrived.

Before he was taken to KU, his brother told him that both he and the pickup were at low speeds when they collided in the intersection, Tom Van Holt said. He said his brother told him that he was pinned under the truck and that when the other driver got out of the truck he told her, “pull forward, pull forward,” which she then did.

Van Holt said he has not yet been able to obtain the accident report from police.

The Lawrence Police Department did not provide more information about the crash to the Journal-World on Monday, and the accident report had not yet been posted on the department website.

Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said that the report required some corrections and was awaiting a supervisor’s review before being released.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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