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Man Hurt in Scooter Crash Dies

Jeff Garretson - September 13, 2013 10:48 am

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An elderly Salina man dies at the hospital following a Monday traffic crash.

According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, 93-year-old Eugene Olson died at Salina Regional Hospital on Wednesday, after being severely injured in an accident in the 2100 block of Tulane Monday afternoon around 3:30pm.

Police say the incident remains under investigation – after Olson, who was riding a 4-wheel electric scooter was struck from behind by a car driven by 49-year-old Dennis Campbell of Salina.

Lt. Siemsen tells KSAL News an autopsy was ordered yesterday.

Siemsen added Olson had been placed in ICU with multiple lacerations and some internal injuries following the crash.

No citations have been issued at this time.


September 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I hate to see the old man die, but stuff like this shouldn’t even happen. 93 year old people have no business out whizzing around on scooters, let alone drive a car. There are people who can drive them to where they need to go. It’s just too bad someone has to die, even if it was an old person.

Fuchs Mi

September 15, 2013 at 1:46 am

I agree but this is the police departments fault as they are not enforcing the law as they even admitted on these scooters. They do not meet the requirements to be driven on the drive plain an simple.

Alesha Schoshke

September 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Why don’t we look at what the real problem here is, horrible sidewalks. If it isn’t a high traffic area, the sidewalks are almost impassable. This doesn’t just mess with people on scooters, but parents with wagons and strollers also. When you can’t get over the sidewalk easily, you take to the street to get where you want to go. And there are some side streets that have no sidewalks at all. How are people to get around then? They HAVE to use the street. It doesn’t matter what age they are, older people like to still have their independence just like you. Just because they are old doesn’t mean they can no longer function like a regular person. Yes they may be a little slower, but they aren’t invalids. Taking away their freedom just because they aren’t young anymore is just plain wrong. this accident was tragic, and I’m sorry that this man lost his life. But it was not because of his age, or because he was on a scooter. It was because the sidewalks were unusable.

Red Neck

September 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The solution very simple if you feel sidewalks are the problem. Have the city commission pass a law stating each home owner is responsible for the sidewalks in front of their property. If they turn bad they have a period of time to fix, or replace. If they do not then the city does it and bills them for the work. Problem solved. But no way should any of these people with scooters or wagons or anything else be allowed on the streets and the police need to enforce that 100%.

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