Archive for Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Couple seriously injured in bike wreck

September 8, 2009

A Tonganoxie couple was in serious condition Tuesday afternoon at Kansas University Hospital after being injured in a Friday motorcycle accident south of Tonganoxie.

Jeremy L. and Amy L. Harris, both 37, were riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle just before 7:10 p.m. Friday. Jeremy was heading south on County Road 1 north of Honey Creek when he failed to make a turn with the road’s curve and drove off County Road 1 to the east, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office reports. Construction on County Road 1 and Honey Creek Road is nearly finished and there will be a connecting route from U.S. Highway 24-40 to a new turnpike interchange in Leavenworth County a few miles south at Interstate-70.

Jeremy and Amy, who was riding as a passenger, were ejected from the motorcycle. Neither was wearing a helmet, reports said.

Amy was taken by air ambulance and Jeremy by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service to KU Hospital.

Cheryl Hanback, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce director, has started a Web site, tongieharris.com, for people to be updated on the couple’s conditions.

Amy is an administrative assistant with the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, though Hanback said the title “doesn’t cut it” in describing all she does for the chamber.

Hanback has posted on the site that doctors are keeping Amy heavily sedated and that she had swelling in her brain, which has been relieved. Also, both her arms are broken and in casts. The site also states her leg and ankle are badly wounded and in a cast.

Jeremy has suffered a collapsed lung and chipped bones in his back, but no broken bones, the site stated Tuesday.

A portion of County Road 1 north of the Honey Creek Road intersection, which is where the couple was traveling, has not been revamped.

The renovated road is slated to open later this month, weather permitting, but is not open to through traffic.

The road will be closed until it is complete, said Mike Spickelmier, Leavenworth County Public Works director.

He said there were still several things to complete, including adding pavement markings and stripes.

“They really should adhere to the signs because the surface is not complete yet,” he said, referring to motorists traveling near the construction zone.

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