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Man is hit by car during Fake Patty’s

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man was released from a hospital Wednesday after being struck, apparently intentionally, by a car during Saturday’s Fake Patty’s celebration.

Capt. Kurt Moldrup said Blaine Oliver, 21, was crossing Moro Street at 10th Street, when he stopped in the middle of it and motioned for an approaching car to slow and stop.

Moldrup said the dark blue Chevrolet Corsica, an 80s or 90s model, did slow, but then accelerated suddenly and struck Oliver in the legs, causing Oliver to flip onto the hood and windshield of the car and roll off, striking his head on the pavement.

Riley County EMS transported Oliver to Mercy Regional Health Center, and he was later flown to Stormont Vail in Topeka for injuries to his leg and head.

Moldrup said the case was filed as an aggravated battery because there is evidence to suggest the driver saw Oliver and intentionally struck him. He said the car was occupied by two white males.

The case is still under investigation.

Riley County EMS Capt. David Adams said the incident involved the most serious injury of the day.

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