Recent string of fatal accidents, cops trying to curb problem

Posted: Updated:

We've had a string of deadly crashes in Kakeland this week. One even taking the life of a 17-year-old.
An insurance company has ranked Wichita in the top 40 for bad drivers, when it comes to accidents, speeding and drunk driving.

Kellogg and Broadway is one of the highest location for accidents in Wichita, and it's getting more attention from police.

Red and blue lights were flashing Wednesday morning in an effort to reduce accidents.

"They wrote 23 citations in a little less than 2 hours. Over the last 6 weeks the traffic unit has written about 121 citations during different assignments," says Charley Davidson.

The motor unit is an initiative Chief Ramsey introduced in 2018. Officers focus on the areas they're seeing the most accidents in and they look for what's causing these accidents.

"Speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, those things can be potential causes for injury accidents and or unfortunately fatality accidents," says Davidson.

Syesenia Gamero has almost been in several accidents but because she drives defensively, she's escaped them.

"I know we're all in a rush to get to work or anywhere, but just be cautious when driving because they get in front of you, you're just driving a normal speed and they think you're going to slow they start speeding on your side then get in front of you," says Gamero.

her heart breaks for the people that have lost their lives in the latest string of fatal accidents...

"Crazy....crazy because, especially young people. They're not being very careful," says Gamero.

"Take that extra time to make sure you and other drivers are safe," says Davidson.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Police identify woman killed in north Wichita accident

      A woman is dead after an accident in north Wichita.

    • Trio caught on camera taking guitar

      Security cameras captured three men taking a guitar from a West Wichita store. 

    • WSU changes gen ed requirements

      Big changes for Wichita State students working toward a degree.  The university voted in favor of lowering the number of general education credit hours required.  Kenzie Goering is studying to become a nurse, but she doesn't understand how certain courses will prepare her for her patients. "It just doesn't make sense to take a history class. Personally I'm majoring in nursing so I feel like history doesn't really apply to anything I'll be doing in the future so just t...

    • Man injured after running in front of bus in east Wichita

      One person is in critical condition after a wreck in east Wichita. 

    • Baseball stadium progress ahead of team name announcement

      From the Wichita Linemen to the Doo Dah's, even the River Riders, Wichita's new Triple-A baseball team has kept the city on its toes with name after name. So far, not one has stuck. "We've tried to be really good listeners to the community and what we wanted to do is choose something that you're going to be proud to wear," says Team owner, Lou Schwechheimer.  For months, the team's twitter account has released logos and names that might or might not be in the run...

    • Kansas woman arrested for child sex crimes

      Authorities in Reno County have arrested has been arrested for sex crimes involving a 15-year-old boy.

    • Google street view

      Fast food cashier and manager fired for refusing to serve police officer

      Two fast food employees have been fired after one of them refused to serve a police officer who wanted to order food from the establishment. The incident occurred at the Cook Out restaurant in Roxboro, North Carolina when Kenneth Horton, an army vet and veteran police officer, visited the chain restaurant and was denied service by the cashier. "We're saddened that an employee denied service to a police officer. We promote unity. The public here knows that. And, unfortunately, t...
    • Kansas sheriff says charges filed in shooting death of puppy

      Charges have been filed against two people in the shooting death of a puppy. 

    • Courtesy KTKA

      Police say reported school hostage situation was fabricated

      Riley County police said in a Facebook post that the man called police shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday to say he was inside Lee Elementary School in Manhattan with a hostage.

    • Chemical mixture at Buffalo Wild Wings kills 1 employee

      Massachusetts authorities say a Buffalo Wild Wings employee has died after breathing in fumes from a powerful cleaning agent at the restaurant and at least 10 people have been hospitalized.