Archive for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eudora man among four people hurt in west Lawrence accident

March 26, 2008

— One man was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night in west Lawrence.

The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. at Bob Billings Parkway and George Williams Way.

Lawrence police Sgt. David Hubbel said a car was traveling east on Bob Billings Parkway, and a white truck was traveling south on George Williams Way.

Aaron Phlipot, 28, Lawrence, who was flown to KU Hospital, was a passenger in the truck. The truck's driver, Wayne Heath, 31, Eudora, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Hubbel said Heath told police officers at the scene that he didn't stop at the stop sign on George Williams Way. Hubbel said the truck hit the front end of the car, which was driven by Michelle Dick, 24. The force of the collision caused the car to travel 20 to 30 yards south of the intersection.

Dick was treated and released at the scene, Hubbel said. Her brother, Andy Dick, 19, Lawrence, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Police said they did not have a hometown for Michelle Dick.

Hubbel said the accident remains under investigation.

Rena Reynolds, who lives in Ironwood Court, an apartment complex at 1501 George Williams Way, called 911 after she heard the accident. She then ran outside.

"Before I looked out the window (which faces Bob Billings Parkway), I called 911," she said.

The severely damaged white crew cab truck was on its side. A medium-sized dog crawled out of the truck, she said. Reynolds called Animal Control to seek help for the animal.

Both Reynolds and another nearby resident, Jack Lemke, said George Williams Way and Bob Billings Parkway is a dangerous intersection, because drivers often don't stop completely at the stop signs on George Williams Way.

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