Motorcyclist died days after crash in eastern Lawrence, police say

A Eudora man died several days after his motorcycle collided with an SUV in eastern Lawrence, according to a crash report.

Terry L. Ellison, 56, died Nov. 11 following the crash, which occurred just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Patrick Compton provided the Journal-World details from the crash report Monday.

The driver of a Ford Explorer, a minor, was eastbound on East 19th Street in the 1800 block, which is just east of the intersection at Harper Street. The driver then turned left to go north into the Lawrence Humane Society parking lot, according to the report.

The Explorer failed to yield to the motorcycle Ellison was riding westbound, and Ellison struck the rear passenger side of the vehicle, according to the report.

Ellison was wearing eye protection but no helmet, according to the report. He was taken by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, but he did not survive.

The driver of the Explorer was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, according to the report. The driver had not been issued any citations as of Monday afternoon.

There was no evidence that either driver was impaired at the time of the crash, according to the report.

Ellison was in the Lawrence High School class of 1981, and he was a maintenance supervisor for Prairie Ridge Place Apartments for 19 years, according to his obituary. He enjoyed fixing things and getting to know the people around him; he also loved dirt track racing, riding his Harley, working on cars and “helping anyone he could,” according to the obituary.

Ellison is survived by his wife, five children, six grandchildren and other family members, according to the obituary: “What he loved the most was being a papa.”


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