Alcohol Likely a Factor in Accident That Severed Teen's Legs
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A preliminary investigation has found that alcohol likely played a factor in an accident that caused a Derby teenager to lose his legs. The two-vehicle accident occurred in Lawrence Aug. 26.
The Lawrence-Journal World reports Colby Liston, 18, was standing behind a vehicle illegally parked in a driving lane in the 1600 block of Tennessee. An SUV driven by Julian M. Kuszmaul, 21, Lawrence, struck and pinned Liston between the two vehicles.
Officers reported Kuszmaul smelled of alcohol and marijuana during the investigation. The driver of the vehicle Liston was behind, Dustin A. Erickson, 21, of Derby, also showed signs of alcohol impairment. Both Erickson and Kuszmaul were given blood tests for alcohol, and the results are pending. Neither driver was arrested at the scene. However records indicate Kuszmaul has received at least five speeding tickets since 2006.
Both of Liston's legs required amputation above the knee following the accident. He is recovering at home following the surgery and says he should be fitted for prosthetics in a couple of weeks.