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Police: Wrecked motorcycle wasn’t street-legal in city

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer | 12/5/2012

Two Ottawans injured in a Tuesday evening wreck involving a motorcycle that was not street-legal were in stable condition 24 hours after the incident.

Shawn Atkins, 25, Ottawa, and Rachelle Hufford, 24, Ottawa, were injured when the motorcycle Atkins was driving collided with a car driven by Thomas Smith, 90, Ottawa, shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 21st and South Princeton streets, according to police reports. The collision occurred when Smith attempted to turn onto Princeton Street and was struck by the motorcycle, the report states.

Two Ottawans injured in a Tuesday evening wreck involving a motorcycle that was not street-legal were in stable condition 24 hours after the incident.

Shawn Atkins, 25, Ottawa, and Rachelle Hufford, 24, Ottawa, were injured when the motorcycle Atkins was driving collided with a car driven by Thomas Smith, 90, Ottawa, shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 21st and South Princeton streets, according to police reports. The collision occurred when Smith attempted to turn onto Princeton Street and was struck by the motorcycle, the report states.

The motorcycle was not a registered vehicle, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said. Because it had an engine less than 49cc, the motorcycle was not legal for driving on city streets, he said.

Atkins and Hufford were transported Tuesday to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, Weingartner said. A representative from the hospital said the two were in stable condition Wednesday evening.

  Neither Atkins nor Hufford were wearing helmets at the time of the collision, Weingartner said. Smith was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the incident, he added. There were no obvious signs of impairment from either driver, Weingartner said.

No citations have been issued, Weingartner said Wednesday, and the incident remained under investigation by the Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team. 

“At the conclusion of the investigation, citations will be issued for various violations, but the officer investigating the crash still needs to get a statement from the motorcycle driver,” Weingartner said.

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