Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Several people injured in one-vehicle accident

December 28, 2005

A one-vehicle accident sent nine people to area hospitals Dec. 17.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. on U.S. Highway 24-40 a half-mile south of Honey Creek Road.

Rita M. Jolley, 50, McLouth, was driving the vehicle north on 24-40. She attempted to pass a vehicle, but the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer she was driving hit ice in the center of the road. The vehicle then left the road and overturned several times.

Reports said the Jolley and eight passengers were taken to either the University of Kansas Hospital or Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Felicia Brown, 12, Jeannie Sly, 33, and Adrian Sly, all of Springfield, Mo., were taken to Lawrence Memorial where they were treated and released.

Although reports said the other passengers would have been taken to the University of Kansas Hospital, hospital spokesman Dennis Minnich said that Jolley and the remaining passengers never were listed as patients at the hospital. Those passengers were: Julie Carta, 29, Kansas City, Kan.; Rosa Carta, 6, Kansas City, Kan.; Alea Brown, 3, Springfield, Mo.; Ashley Sly, 15, Springfield, Mo.; and Maria Martinez, 9, Kansas City, Kan.

Another passenger, Jesus Carta, 3, Kansas City, Kan., did not need hospital attention, reports said.

Bob Smith of the Leavenworth County sheriff's office said last week that the people involved in the accident said they were wearing their seatbelts, although Trailblazers are five-passenger and seven-passenger sports utility vehicles.

The sheriff's report on the accident was not released until after The Mirror's deadline last week.

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