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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Driver collapses after accident

  • A Leavenworth man was taken to the hospital Thursday after he reportedly crashed into a parked truck and light pole and then collapsed outside of his vehicle, a police spokesman said.
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  • A Leavenworth man was taken to the hospital Thursday after he reportedly crashed into a parked truck and light pole and then collapsed outside of his vehicle, a police spokesman said.
    The 59-year-old driver may have suffered fractures in his face. His injuries weren't considered life-threatening, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Authorities suspect the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    The accident was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday. The man had been driving a 1999 Toyota 4Runner.
    While traveling north in the 600 block of Lawrence Avenue, he reportedly struck a parked 1984 Dodge pickup truck.
    "He left the scene and continued driving," Nicodemus said.
    At some point, the driver made his way over to 10th Street where he traveled north.
    At 10th and Shawnee streets, the man struck a light pole on the northwest corner while apparently trying to turn left. Nicodemus said the collision caused significant damage to the 4Runner.
    The man drove a little farther, pulling into a driveway in the 1000 block of Shawnee Street. Nicodemus said the man does not live at this residence.
    Several witnesses came over to the vehicle to check on the driver's welfare.
    "When he got out of the 4Runner, he collapsed in the driveway," Nicodemus said.
    Leavenworth Fire Department and Leavenworth County EMS personnel responded.
    The driver had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered facial injuries when he struck the windshield of his vehicle, according to Nicodemus.
    The man was transported by EMS to the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.
    He was cited for allegations of driving under the influence, transporting an open container of alcohol, failing to stop at an accident and having no proof of insurance.

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