Crime & Courts

Man guilty in accident that cost KU student from Derby his legs

Show in June, 2013, Colby Liston was pinned between two cars in August 2012 while attending the University of Kansas. His legs were severed just above the knee and he now wears prosthetic limbs. Liston played football and ran track at Derby High School.
Show in June, 2013, Colby Liston was pinned between two cars in August 2012 while attending the University of Kansas. His legs were severed just above the knee and he now wears prosthetic limbs. Liston played football and ran track at Derby High School. The Wichita Eagle

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.

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."

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