Archive for Monday, May 22, 2006

Lawrence man injured in motorcycle accident

May 22, 2006

A Lawrence man was injured and flown to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital Sunday afternoon after his motorcycle collided with a car that turned from an outside lane in Baldwin City, authorities said.

Gary Freitas, 66, was not wearing a helmet when his 1997 Gold Wing motorcycle struck a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Richard Ridley, 52, Topeka, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

Both vehicles were headed west on U.S. Highway 56 at 12:52 p.m. when Ridley tried to turn left onto Eighth Street in Baldwin. He attempted to turn from the right-hand lane, in front of Freitas. Ridley and his three passengers were not injured, according to the accident report.

"He didn't have a helmet on and he was knocked off the motorcycle," said Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna. "He hit the pavement and the motorcycle fell on his head."

Medics used a helicopter to fly Freitas to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The accident occurred just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

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