Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2011

Toddler hurt in K-10 fatality goes home from hosptial

April 21, 2011

The 23-month-old Eudora girl who was injured in Saturday’s double-fatality vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 was able to go home from the hospital Thursday, the family said.

Chuck Lawrence, maternal grandfather of Courtlyn “Coco” Shutt, said his granddaughter was able to leave Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and that doctors expect her to make a full recovery. Lawrence, of Overland Park, said Courtlyn suffered a broken vertebra in Saturday’s crash on the Church Street interchange near Eudora. She will be using a wheelchair for weeks, but she’s expected to be able to walk later, Lawrence said.

Cainan Shutt, Courtlyn’s 5-year-old brother, and Ryan M. Pittman, 24, also of Eudora, both died in the head-on crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash after Pittman’s Toyota Camry crossed the median into the westbound lanes and struck a minivan driven by Courtlyn’s stepgrandfather, Danny Basel.

Lawrence said the condition of Courtlyn’s grandmother, Ann Basel, was improving at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. She suffered broken bones and a head injury, and Lawrence said he expected her to remain in the hospital for weeks. Danny and Ann Basel are Lawrence Public Works Department employees.

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