Slow Investigation

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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A man is hit and left for dead, but says he feels just as victimized by the Wichita Police Department for what he calls a lack of effort in investigating his case.

On Tuesday police said they would issue a warrant for the arrest of the woman who left the scene of a hit and run accident. But the man who was hit says they should have done that a long time ago.

The accident victim, Bruce Dolecek says that as he lay on the road two weeks ago he watched the car drive away.

Since then Dolecek, who suffered a dislocated shoulder and has lost feeling in his right arm as a result of the accident, says it's been a battle to find out why Wichita Police were not investigating his hit and run accident. After all, they had the tag number and address of the woman he thought had hit him.

Cpt. Darryl Haynes of the Wichita Police Department says, "Things are not perfect. Sometimes the fact is the cases may or may not be getting entered."

Haynes also says the five member traffic investigation unit is months behind in entering accidents into the new computer system. It is the main reason why solvable hit and run cases like Dolecek's are taking longer to investigate.

Haynes says, "It didn't develop over night and it can't be solved overnight."

Haynes says he asked for more people in the traffic investigation unit, but he does not know when or if he will get any additional help.

Police say if you have been in an accident and have not heard from a detective to give them a call at 268-4131.

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