Sheriff sheds light on dangerous intersection after off-duty officer killed in accident


Law enforcement and area residents say they’re familiar with the intersection where officer Stacy Woodson was killed.

In fact, besides a new memorial for Woodson, another cross to honor another person killed at the intersection is across the street.

Michael Mans has lived by 167th West and 21st Street North for most of his life.

He knows how dangerous it can be.

“It’s a bad intersection, they need to do something with it.”

A motorcycle rider himself, Mans says he always rides with caution. And over the years, he’s noticed more problems at the traffic spot.

“Keeps getting busier, more and more traffic,” said Mans.

Mans believes there needs to be more signs for traffic to stop and more supervision on the road.
It’s something Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says he and county engineers will be talking about Monday.

“It’s an intersection that has always been well known out here in the county for bad accidents.”

Easter says at this time last year, a motorcycle driver was hit by a vehicle at the intersection.

He says working any fatality is hard, but when it’s a member of the law enforcement family, like Stacy Woodson, it’s even more difficult.

“Never had a bad thing to say about anybody and did his job very very well, and the community and citizens themselves are going to miss an officer like him,” said Easter.

Easter says he worked alongside Woodson at one point in his career and Woodson’s brother works for the sheriff’s office.

He wants to remind drivers to really use caution at this spot.

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