A Douglas County judge has found a Lawrence man guilty of drug and alcohol-related charges after an accident that caused an 18-year-old University of Kansas student to have both his legs amputated.
After a bench trial last week, 24-year-old Julian M. Kuszmaul was found guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana.
Kuszmaul struck 18-year-old Colby Liston, who is now 20, in August 2012 on a Lawrence street. Liston, from Derby, was pinned between Kuszmaul’s vehicle and another car. He later had to have his legs amputated.
6NewsLawrence reports (http://bit.ly/1DRkdyi ) Kuszmaul’s blood-alcohol level was 0.25 at the time of the accident.
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Each of Kuszmaul’s convictions is a misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22.
Within nine months of the accident Liston competed in a track meet using carbon-fiber running blades.
"Any individual who is missing both legs above the knees, to get back up and walking in that nine-month period is pretty astonishing, " said Chad Simpson, clinic manager and certified prosthetist at the Hanger Clinic in Oklahoma City in 2013. "And to move into a competitive situation on running legs is extraordinary.
"To me his progress has been exceptional. He has blown above the traditional protocols we've put in place."