Sandra Payne, 40, Pomona, was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Thursday after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a second vehicle at the intersection of Seventh and Main streets in Ottawa.
Witnesses said Payne was unconscious when emergency crews arrived on the scene, Sgt. Doug Waterman, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.
The collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m., when the driver of a red Ford Ranger, Jimmy Wilkinson, 53, Richmond, failed to yield to a red light at the intersection, Waterman said. Witnesses at the scene said Wilkinson had a red light and continued into the intersection anyway, Waterman said. Wilkinson was cited for failure to observe his signal.
“Red truck was northbound, blue truck was westbound, struck in the intersection and witnesses say he had a red light,” Waterman said at the scene.
The impact of Wilkinson’s vehicle spun Payne’s Dodge 1500 pickup truck about 180 degrees and forced it onto the curb on the northwest side of the intersection. Wilkinson’s pickup came to rest in the middle of the intersection. Payne had to be extricated from the vehicle by Ottawa firefighters because the impact caused the driver’s side door to cave in, rendering it unable to be opened.
Wilkinson refused medical treatment at the scene, Waterman said. He paced the area, watching as a tow truck removed his totaled vehicle, which was loaded with hay bales, from the intersection. A second tow truck arrived on the scene to remove the Dodge pickup from the front yard of the house on the corner.
Both Payne and Wilkinson were the only occupants of their vehicles. They both were wearing seatbelts during the incident and airbags in both vehicles deployed.