Double amputee heads back to college

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Lawrence, Kansas— One year after Derby teenager, Colby Liston, lost both his legs in a car accident at the University of Kansas, he’s returning to campus.

Classes start Monday, and Liston is spending this week getting ready again for his freshman year.

While many people dread moving day, the double amputee is eager.

“All summer, I’ve been kind of looking to get back into the groove of school,” said Liston.

He was in Lawrence less than a week last August, when an accident pinned him between two vehicles and crushed his legs. At first Liston was confined to a wheelchair, but not for long.

“Three months after the accident, I already sent that thing back and haven’t seen it since,” grinned Liston.

Now, he’s hit his stride with new prosthetics, moving into the ground floor of “Jayhawk Towers” wit his cousin.

“It’s very exciting,” said Gage Sairleigh, Colby’s cousin and new roommate. “I couldn’t sleep. I felt like a little kid on Christmas Eve.”

Liston plans to get his degree in petroleum engineering, and he wants to resume athletics. Just ten months after losing his legs, he competed in the Endeavor Games in Oklahoma this summer.

The man accused of injuring Colby, 22-year-old Julian Kuszmaul, still faces trial on misdemeanor charges of D.U.I. and marijuana possession.

Colby’s father was angry no felony charges were brought in the case, but says the family is moving forward.

“We’re going to just let the Douglas County D.A. handle it, and we’re going to let Colby get back to his life,” said Matt Liston.

He knows Colby will approach the challenge of college the way he does everything, with a great attitude and sense of humor.

“My goal is to stay more than one week and leave with both arms,” jokes Liston.

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