Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

Accident injures jogger

December 28, 2006

A Lansing teenager was transferred to a Kansas City-area hospital after being struck by a sport utility vehicle Christmas Day, authorities said.

Patrick T. Dolan, 18, was jogging east on West Mary Street about 7:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, when he ran in front of a Ford Escape at Main Street and was struck, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said the Escape, driven by Kimberly S. Calhoun, 42, Shawnee, was southbound on Main Street and swerved to try to avoid striking Dolan.

"It's probably better that she swerved and he hit the side of the car rather than her not swerving and he be hit by the front of the car," Wayman said.

Dolan initially was transported to Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, but he was transferred via air ambulance to University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He had a broken leg and a concussion, Wayman said.

Dennis Minich, with the hospital's media relations office, said he could neither confirm nor deny Dolan was a patient at the KU Hospital.

"I've been told his injuries aren't life threatening," Wayman said, "but are very serious."

Wayman said a witness not involved in the accident reported the Escape was going through the intersection on a green light when the accident occurred.

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