Officials say intersections can be fixed; damage from driving drunk can’t

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A Wichita police officer and his 10-year-old son were killed at the intersection of 21st St. North and 167th St. West. The event has left the community with questions about the alleged drunk driver, who is said to have caused the crash as well as the intersection they attempted to drive through. 

“It’s definitely a dangerous intersection,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell. “Generally every single person that lives in Colwich or Andale, they use that intersection.”

This is not the first crash at that intersection, but O’Donnell says this latest incident is about more than the problematic area. 

“It’s alleged that the driver of this car that hit the officer was under the influence so any intersection and road is going to be dangerous when allegedly this individual was driving and driving,” he said. 

KSN also spoke with Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis, who oversees the area that the accident occurred in. 

“The biggest problem we’ve got is, there’s a DUI involved,” said Dennis. “There is a flashing red light at the junction of 21st and 167th Street and a stop sign there. And there’s also a warning ahead of time that says stop ahead.”

However, this is still an issue that Dennis says he plans to look into. 

“Public Works maintains 600 miles of roads and bridges in Sedgwick County so, the budget is a good size,” said Dennis. “Our public works can take a look. We have traffic engineers on our staff that will study that intersection.” 

Sheriff Jeff Easter has reached out to commissioners and Public Works to work on a plan to make the intersection of 21st St. North and 167th St. West safer. The meeting will be held on Monday. 

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