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Man Hit on Electric Scooter

Jeff Garretson - September 10, 2013 10:34 am

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An elderly Salina man is in ICU after a traffic crash yesterday.

According to Lt. Russ Lamer, 93-year-old Eugene Olson was riding a 4-wheel electric scooter, northbound in the 2100 block of Tulane Monday afternoon around 3:30pm, and was struck from behind by a car driven by 49-year-old Dennis Campbell of Salina.

Lt. Lamer tells KSAL News that the incident remains under investigation and no citations have been issued.

Police say Olson was transported to Salina Regional Health Center and his injuries are considered serious.

Campbell was not hurt.

Iggy p Daily

September 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

No citations have been issued? It is illegal to use a scooter like this on the streets. I see it happening all the time sometimes in front of the police who look the other way. If you are going to make a feabile attempt to give seatbelt tickets they sure as heck should be getting these people off the streets in their so called medical scooters before more accidents like this occur. When they see it happening they should immediately give a citation.

Jennifer Sutton

September 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

Salina needs to fix a lot of sidewalks for us scooter drivers to be able to stay off the streets! There are a lot of corners that are inaccessible to us as we travel to medical appts., grocery stores, pharmacies, and other necessary stops. I would much rather be on the sidewalk, if they only existed!

Red Neck

September 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

Medical scooters!!! I see them people at walmart that are to fat and lazy to walk around and shop and use the ones furnished by walmart. I was walking down Santa Fe the other day and seen some guy who easily weighted over 350 pounds on one of those scooters. Felt sorry for the scooter. People using these things have no reguard for others an it does not surprise me they are taking to the streets to use them on.

Red Neck

September 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

As for the sidewalk issue probably there are some but these scooters are built to navigate over them. Maybe Jennifer is driving hers to fast for conditions? There should never be any reason for these things to be on the street and I am surprised she is promoting that.

Charles Sadler

September 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

According to Lt. Lamar, on the Salina Journal site. These scooters are allowed on streets when a sidewalk is unavailable

Iggy p Daily

September 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Maybe both you need to read the law.

B Koz

September 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

so……if everyone that got one of those “free” scooters would pony up a few bucks to build sidewalks….there might be a few more in your neck o’ the woods.
There’s no free lunch folks…gotta pay to play,…one way or another

Fuchs Mi

September 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

To be driven on the street they must have headlights and tail lights and turn signals as well as brake lights. I cannot believe anyone in the police department would say they are legal to drive on the streets. This had none of these. Time for the cops to start enforcing the laws they are being paid to do so. Its more than DUI or seatbelts they should be enforcing.

Fuchs Mi

September 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Hey golfers remember when the cops harrassed you for driving your golf carts on the street to go to the golf coarse? If they are now saying its ok for these scooters then it is alright for you guys also. Plus all you quad owners evidently you would be included also.

Iggy p Daily

September 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

How about an update on how the old guy is doing.

Linda Swarts

September 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

I don’t understand why some of you are so heartless. Did you ever think the “fat”person is the size they are because they have a medical condition your are unaware of? My husband looked perfectly normal and we got lots of stares and even comments (some in front of out grandchildren) like, “why does he need a scooter, just lazy probably.” My husband had Lou Gehrig’s and the comments were painful and trust me these scooters are not 100% free. Practice this “Do not judge until you are walking in that person’s shoes, or riding in their scooter.” We live in Abilene and we are fortunate to have sidewalks about 90% available to us. Why should we have to listen to uneducated, cruel, individuals hateful comments because we were stricken with a terrible disease? Educate yourselves people or better yet stop judging.

Red Neck

September 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

Linda if what you say is true then the doctors would be pulling weight off your husband plain and simple. That type of weight only fosters medical problems. The concerns of those on here is that this scooter driven by the victim had no right to be breaking the law an be driven on the street. By doing so they have endangered their own life and the life of the person who hit them. Once again people doing things without any consideration for others.

Red Neck

September 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Read in the journal where the cop says well since there are no sidewalks we let them use the street. Since when can a cop change the law? He cannot and needs to enforce the laws or be fired plain and simple.

Debra Rogan

September 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

People just slow down and watch out for one another, life is too short to be so petty and heartless! Salina drivers are very rude and thoughtless. If the 93 year old was driving a car you’d be giving him grief for driving. How will you feel about being home bound when you are 93 or dealing with a health issue?

Red Neck

September 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

I would not be out by myself in a small scooter driving on the streets with all the people who drive cars The family needs to put this guy in a full care home if he cannot take care of himself.

Anita Mann

September 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

Red Neck if we all had your personality I am sure none of us would feel safe on a scooter in the street. People like you are just spiteful and hopefully if your ever on a scooter in the street….the karma bus will not just run you over. well…..

Red Neck

September 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

Anita what gives you or anybody else the right to break the law? These scooters where never made for use on sreets and are not equipped to do so. If you use one and are breaking the law then you should be given a ticket and pay the fine. Then if you still ignor the law one day you will pay the ultimate find. These are not machines that should ever be on the street except in a cross walk to cross a street.

Anita Mann

September 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

Well I don’t use one I was merely pointing out that people like you crack me up. With your higher than mighty attitude on so many of your posts. Get over yourself. Were you there? Did you see the area to know whether or not there was sidewalk access? “Pay the ultimate find”? What?? Your ignorant posts usually crack me up. But there are people that have a legitimate need for these scooters and for you to lump them all together just goes to show your user name fits you perfect.

Linda Swarts

September 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Red Neck, My husband was not overweight he had Lou Gehrig’s and looked fine and that is why we got hurtful comments made to us. I certainly hope you are not in the human services field. Not all overweight people can “have the weight pulled off of them” as you so eloquently put it. Steroids used for medical conditions such as MS, arthritis, etc add weight and yet are needed for the pain comfort and swelling for these individuals. I would like to say I hope you always remain healthy and if you don’t then someone puts you in a full care home as you stated. Just because someone needs a “scooter’ does not mean they cannot take care of themselves. You seriously are a bitter unhappy judgemental individual aren’t you? I am so glad my husband or grandchildren did not encounter your happy face when he was still able to go places.

Red Neck

September 13, 2013 at 8:07 am

Linda you act like your the only one that ever has had to deal with a sick person. The point here is a 90 plus year old guy driving illegally in the street on his medical scooter. The poor guy that hit him did not intend to do so I am sure but it happened because this person was breaking the law and had no supervision. If you need a scooter to use on the sidewalk then you should make sure you live in an area with sidewalks to begin with plain and simple. If you cannot then you will be limited on the use of the scooter. You seem like a very bitter person because of what you experienced in life but there are others who would take your experience in stride if they could have their loved ones around no matter what anyone would say. We no longer live in a caring society the new generation has been raised to show no respect to anyone and not be responsible for their own actions. You need to accept the world as it is today and go on.

Red Neck

September 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

No people like me are responsible. Maybe you think someone 90 plus years old needs to be unsupervised and allowed to go out in the street in traffic at will is ok but it definately it is not. The guy was in the wrong now he has caused another person to have a bad experience just because he just plain did not care. Nothing has been said just where he was going and why? You can make all the nasty remarks you want about me in doing so you evidently show your true personality. If you really cared you would be out educating people that they should not be riding these things on the streets instead of trying to put me down on here. Maybe if you hit one on these scooters while safely driving down any street you would understand the situation better.

Red Neck

September 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

Yes Anita it can happen to you as well as anyone so consider that before getting on here with your comments.

Linda Swarts

September 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

Red Neck I haven’t been on here since your last ridiculous comment, I have been busy being bitter about my life experience’s working on issues with benefits due veteran’s that are being denied and fundraisers for local people in my community that are battling terminal illness’s. Guess I should take your advice and learn to take these experiences in stride. I will get right on that as soon as my volunteer work is done and I succeed with VA benefits for our military that are losing their homes and being denied medical care due them. In the meantime why don’t you take your suggestions about the sidewalks and go to the city and see what you an do for people that can’t afford to move to an area with sidewalks that are accessible, maybe you could convince the city to not put out money for more artwork and put in sidewalks or better yet since you think some people shouldn’t be out in public having a life maybe you could get a job for care homes building up their business on residents. FYI I am not bitter about my husband passing away I am saddened such a great man had to have such a horrific disease and I educated myself on it so his life would not be wasted and just another ALS Statistic. You don’t always get to be right.

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