Police: Man Hit By Car Ran Out Into Street

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a pedestrian was struck on a Manhattan street after running out into the roadway, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at approximately 9:15 PM officers were called to the 400 block of North 11th Street for a vehicle/pedestrian accident, just 180 feet north of Fremont Street near Manhattan City Park.

On scene investigation revealed that a black 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by 18-year-old Matthew VanHorn of Manhattan was southbound in the 400 block of North 11th Street when it collided with 26-year-old Kevin Wallpe of Manhattan as he ran west across 11th Street from an alleyway, police said.

Wallpe, who is listed as a PhD student in psychology at Kansas State University, was transported by Riley County EMS to the Mercy Regional Health Center with serious injuries. He was later airlifted to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

Officials said Wallpe went up onto the hood of the Eclipse when he was hit and was thrown into the air, landing on the roadway.

VanHorn was not injured in the accident.

The accident is still under investigation, police said. An RCPD spokesman said preliminary information indicated that Wallpe was running across the street when he was hit, as reported by witnesses.

Staff members at Stormont-Vail Hospital said Monday that they could not yet provide a patient condition on Wallpe because they had not received permission from his family to release the information. Police said he was in "very serious condition."

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