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Lawrence man killed in motorcycle crash was not properly licensed, police say

The man killed Monday night in a crash on Lawrence's north side was not licensed to drive the motorcycle he was on, police say.

Around 9:10 p.m. Monday, a 2001 Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Seth Quick, 19, of Lawrence, was heading south along McDonald Drive at a "high rate of speed," according to a Lawrence Police Department accident report.

Riding as a passenger on the motorcycle was 15-year-old Cody Nichols, of Eudora, according to the report.

As Quick and Nichols continued on McDonald Drive, a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, driven eastbound on Rockledge Road by 19-year-old Alexis Farley, of Lawrence, pulled into the intersection and the two vehicles collided, the report says.

It is unclear how fast Quick was driving at the time of the crash, though the reports note that the speed limit on McDonald Drive is 35 mph. The report also indicates that Farley may have failed to yield the right of way.

Quick, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Nichols had been wearing a helmet. He was seriously injured and flown to a Kansas City area hospital.

Farley suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, police said.

The street, paved with asphalt, was dry at the time of the crash, the report indicates. That stretch of McDonald Drive is both curved and on a grade.

Quick may have been under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the crash, the report indicates. However, when asked for clarification, Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said the department's investigation is still awaiting lab results.

Farley showed no evidence of impairment after the crash, the report says.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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Stacy Napier

Wow some great investigation Conrad.

"The street, paved with asphalt, was dry at the time of the crash, the report indicates. That stretch of McDonald Drive is both curved and on a grade."

All you do is copy what the police report says and publish it. And is it really prudent to release a juveniles name from a report?

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bill McGovern

No license, no helmet. High rate of speed. Recipe for disaster. Though the young lady should have been paying attention and yielded.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Daniel Speicher

I understand the public wants to know. But, I have never understood why it was so important to publish what will, no doubt, be condemning information on a life-ending accident. Let the family and friends grieve. Let those involved emotionally and physically heal from the tragedy... Then, if you must, publish the information. Way too soon, Conrad. Way too soon.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rick Aldrich

That's why it's called news.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jeff Goodrick

So someone who ran a stop sign is not responsible of the wreck because the other driver didn't have the proper license?

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paul Beyer

Did you miss the part about high rate of speed? Have you ever turned onto McDonald from Rockledge? Do you know what the line of sight is at that intersection?

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jeff Goodrick

Yes I have driven through that intersection and the line of sight on that road both ways is over 1000 ft each way (according to Google Earth) so at 70 mph (100 ft per sec) you still have 10 sec to decide to pull out in front of them, If they were faster than that the rider would not of lived.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Maddy Griffin

More "blame the victims" mentality here.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Brandon Devlin

. . .and this would be the problem with releasing information that's probably still being investigated. Lots of opinion and conjecture, not a lot of facts.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Stacy Napier

It's what this paper was built on. They don't want to report the investigation. They report was sells or makes a catchy headling. Conrad's investigation amounts to calling the LPD on the phone and asking for the report that everyone else can read.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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