Police: Distracted Driver Hit Patrol Car

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Update

Wichita police say a driver was apparently distracted when he slammed into the back of a patrol car.

The accident happened on west Kellogg around 7:00 Wednesday evening. Officer Eric Little had stopped on Kellogg to help a stranded driver change a tire, when an SUV plowed into the back of his patrol car sending it 100 feet down the highway.

"I was very glad that I was not in that car and I was very glad that the other driver was not injured. It could have been very bad," said Little.

Witnesses told police the 42-year-old driver was texting and didn't slow down or brake before hitting the cruiser at around 60 miles per hour.

"Once I saw that it was coming, and I saw that it was not changing lanes to move out of the path, I knew it was going to hit," said Little.

Little had parked about 300 feet behind the stranded motorist, so he wasn't injured. The driver of the SUV was cited for careless driving. He received minor injuries.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Wichita Police Officer escapes injury after his patrol car is hit while parked on the side of the road.

Just after 7:00pm Wednesday, the officer was trying to help someone parked on the eastbound Kellogg overpass, east of I-235, when his patrol car was hit by an SUV.

The officer was in his patrol car when the Ford Explorer hit him. He did not suffer any injuries.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital.

Police say the driver of the SUV was going the speed limit, but may be been distracted.


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