Investigation continues in accident that critically hurt a triathlete

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.-- Nearly a month after an accident critically hurt a triathlete, authorities say the accident remains under investigation. The triathlete, Elisabeth 'Liz' Edwards, remains at a Wichita hospital where she is recovering from her injuries.

The accident happened on April 21st, just after 6 p.m. The driver and bicyclist were on Isabel Road, which has a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

A 50-year-old driver from Nashville, Kan., was driving northbound on Isabel Road. His pickup truck struck the 25-year-old, who was riding her bicycle. Edwards was wearing bright colored clothes and a helmet during the time of the accident.

"With all the injuries she had, she had no brain injury, and that's because of a helmet," said Brett Edwards, husband.

The accident report from the Barber County Sheriff's Office shows that there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol impairment by the driver.

No further comments were provided regarding the accident.

Several fundraisers have been organized by the community to help the Edwards family.

A barbecue fundraiser and auction will be held at Auto Station, 210 W. Fowler in Medicine Lodge, on May 24 at 10 a.m. For more information about this fundraiser, call (620) 886-0059.

To donate money, you can visit any of the Citizens Bank of Kansas locations and ask to donate to "The Liz Edwards Love & Healing Fund." You can also, contact the Medicine Lodge branch by calling (620) 886-5686.

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