Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2001

Eudora woman recovering from head-on collision

May 3, 2001

A Eudora woman said she was lucky to be alive after an automobile accident last Friday that left her bruised and battered.

Connie Howell was injured April 27 after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle on U.S. Highway 59.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Howell was driving a 1991 Geo Storm south on highway 59 when her vehicle was struck by a 1991 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. The northbound truck was driven by 38-year-old Kurtis Roberts of Ottawa.

The highway patrol said Roberts crossed the center line and struck Howell's vehicle about 1.5 miles north of the Franklin County Line at 10:15 a.m.

Roberts was taken by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

Howell was taken by Life Flight air ambulance to Kansas University Medical Center after the accident. Now recovering at her Eudora home with a cracked hip, cuts and bruises, Howell said she was fortunate.

"I was just very, very, very lucky," the 54-year-old said. "After seeing the cars, it was just a miracle that either one of us got out."

Howell said she was traveling to Ottawa to be with her sister-in-law while her brother had knee surgery.

Her airbag deployed after her car was hit, which Howell believed helped keep her injuries to a minimum. However, she was not wearing her seatbelt.

"The airbag worked though," she said. "I think if I would have had my seatbelt fastened it would have helped too. It sure made a believer out of me."

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