Archive for Tuesday, April 6, 2010

KHP locates driver who allegedly fled scene of U.S. 59 accident

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59 Highway just north of the Douglas County line Tuesday around 2 p.m. A passenger in a pickup truck that hit a semi-tractor trailer was taken by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital. No other information was available.

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59 Highway just north of the Douglas County line Tuesday around 2 p.m. A passenger in a pickup truck that hit a semi-tractor trailer was taken by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital. No other information was available.

April 6, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Updated: April 7, 2010, 8:18 p.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol has located a driver who allegedly fled following an accident between a pickup truck and a semitrailer Tuesday on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.

Troopers found 24-year-old Lawrence resident Darin R. Curtiss at a residence in Ottawa early Wednesday afternoon.

Technical Trooper Edna Buttler said Curtiss was identified as the driver of the pickup truck that ran into the back of a semitrailer about a mile north of the Douglas-Franklin County line.

After the crash, Franklin County's K-9 unit and a highway patrol aircraft were brought in, in an attempt to locate the driver, who was seen running from the scene.

Troopers believed Curtiss was “hiding out” in the Ottawa area. A witness reported giving Curtiss a ride to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Ottawa later in the day Tuesday.

Buttler said a good description from witnesses and assistance from the public helped in locating Curtiss, who now faces charges of fleeing, failing to report an accident and driving on a revoked license.

A passenger in the truck, 23-year-old Brandon Ellsmore of Ottawa, was more seriously injured. Ellsmore was taken by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital.

A condition update was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the semitrailer, a 64-year-old Lawrence man, was not injured in the accident.

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