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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Multiple injuries in Lawrence crash

Posted: November 6, 2011 - 2:20am
Updated: November 8, 2011 - 2:24am

Updated Post:
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that two area teenagers remain in critical condition after an early Sunday morning accident at the intersection of 19th and Iowa streets.

Michael Robinson Jr., 17, of Lawrence was driving a 1997 Acura west on 19th Street and attemtped to trun left onto Iowa Street. The vehicle turned in front of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe headed north on Iowa Street, according to Lawrence police reports.

Robert Spielman, 30, of Oskaloosa, was driving the Tahoe, which had four passengers. Robinson's vehicle had three passengers.

Robinson was transported by ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital, He was in critical, but stable condition on Monday, according to police reports.

One of Robinson's passengers, John Teters Jr., 18, of Perry, was taken by air ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital. He also was listed in critical, but stable condition.

A passenger in Spielman's vehicle, Casey Kathrens, 27, of Olathe, was transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released.

No citations have been issued. Police continue to investigate.

Updated information provided by Operation 100 News reporting partner the Lawrence Journal-World

Original Post:
Just after 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning, Emergency Dispatchers say they received eight emergency calls regarding an injury accident at the intersection of 19th Street and Iowa Street.

Lawrence Police were first to arrive on the scene and initially reported that there were four people injured. Two people were trapped and required extrication, their injuries were said to be critical.

A source familiar with the incident tells me that the accident was a "T-bone accident." Patients range in age from 17-years-old to 27-years-old. Only one of the three injured was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. One person was reported to be a rear seat passenger who thrown to the front of the vehicle upon impact.

Lawrence Police Sergeant Kirk Fultz, tells the Lawrence Journal-World "a Chevrolet Suburban T-boned and Acura, injuring three people," two from the Acura and one from The Suburban.

Fultz said police arrested another person from the Acura after he fled the scene on foot, Fultz did not know if he was the driver.

Alcohol is reported to have been a contributing factor in the accident. Lawrence Police continue to investigate.

Two helicopters were dispatched to the scene, LifeStar and LifeFlight Eagle. LifeStar is stationed at Lawrence Municipal Airport. LifeFlight Eagle dispatched "Eagle 2" which is stationed in Harrisonville, Missouri. LifeFlight Eagle 2 was canceled by Lawrence Incident Command, shortly after takeoff, due to the patients condition being reevaluated to serious condition from critical.

The first patient, reported to be between 18-year-old male, was reported to be a restrained passenger in the vehicle. He was flown by LifeStar Medical Helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas with critical injuries.

The second patient, reported to be a 17-year-old male unrestrained driver, was transported by a Lawrence Medic unit to Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas with serious injuries.

The third patient, reported to be a 27-year-old female, was an unrestrained rear seat passenger in the Suburban. This patient was reportedly thrown to the front of the vehicle upon impact. She was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by a Lawrence Medic unit with serious injuries.

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