Lawrence teen struck, critically hurt by unlicensed motorist

LAWRENCE, Kan. - 9 a.m. Update: The teen's condition has been updated to critical from life-threatening. 


A Lawrence teenager was critically injured Thursday afternoon after being struck by a car.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis said deputies were called out to the scene of a crash around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of E. 1900 Road, about 10 miles southeast of Lawrence., Kan.

Lewis says a 16-year-old Lawrence teenaged girl was a passenger in a car driving north on the road when she got out to remove a turtle that was crossing the roadway.

While removing the turtle, Lewis says the teenager was struck by a car traveling southbound. The teen was taken by medical helicopter to a Kansas City area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the southbound car, a 36-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Douglas County Jail for driving on a suspended license.

While deputies had cleared the scene as of 7 p.m., the investigation into the accident remained on-going.

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