Emergency responders look after Larry Wells, an employee of Liberal Office Machines, who was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon as he was walking across Kansas Avenue in front of his office. Wells was transported to Southwest Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle that struck Wells did not stop at the scene and was later arrested about five blocks from the scene. Daily Leader photo/Larry Phillips
26-year-old man arrested after hitting pedestrian on Kansas Ave.
• Daily Leader staff report
Shortly after lunch, a Liberal man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car as he attempted to walk across the street in the 1000 block of North Kansas Avenue.
The driver of the vehicle failed to stop.
Bystanders at the scene identified the victim as Larry Wells, 78, an employee of Liberal Office Machines at 1015 N. Kansas Ave. A call to the business confirmed the injured man was Wells, according to Alan McDaniel, who said Wells was in ICU but doing better as of this morning.
Law enforcement dispatchers received a call at 1:10 p.m., according to a report released by Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg, and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene for a report of an injury accident.
“It was reported that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian,” McClurg noted.
“Witnesses reported the vehicle fled the scene,” his report continued. “Responding officers located the vehicle, a maroon, 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, at Seventh and Pennsylvania. The 26-year-old male driver was taken into custody.”
Investigating officers discovered Wells had been attempting to cross the roadway when the northbound Grand Am struck him as he reached the east side of the street.
Seward County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene, and Wells was transported to Southwest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
“The driver of the Grand Am was arrested on suspicion of inattentive driving, leaving the scene of an injury accident, no driver’s license and no proof of insurance,” McClurg added.
A spokesperson at the hospital listed Wells’ condition at 8:20 this morning as “stable.”