Alcohol use suspected as factor in fatal Baldwin Hill wreck
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators suspect a Lawrence man who died in a crash last Friday north of Baldwin City was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle.
According to the accident report released Tuesday, officers believe Jeffrey Scott Walton, 50, was going too fast as he entered a curve as he headed north on County Road 1055 at 6:05 p.m. Friday on Baldwin Hill. He over-corrected after his 1988 Chevrolet Nova went onto the shoulder. As he re-entered the road, his vehicle crossed the center line, skidded sideways across both lanes and collided with a southbound 1996 Honda Accord driven by Kathryn Grace Reed, 32, Lawrence.
Walton died from his injuries as medics were preparing to transport him in a helicopter ambulance. Walton’s passenger David Kalb, 49, Lawrence, was flown to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. According to the report, Walton wore a seat belt, and Kalb did not.
Reed, who also wore a seat belt, declined medical treatment but said she would see a doctor later.
Reed had no alcohol in her system. The report says officers noted Walton and Kalb both smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages, and investigators found several containers of alcoholic beverages in and around the vehicle. Blood test results for Walton are still pending as part of his autopsy.
Kalb was listed in critical condition Tuesday at KU Hospital.