Wichita man, known to those in the local music scene, dead following hit-and-run; authorities make arrest


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department has made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run that left 37-year-old Kenneth Ballinger of Derby dead.

The hit-and-run happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 47th Street South and Hydraulic.

Jesus Manuel Olave, Jr (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

An investigation by the Wichita Police Department revealed that a black SUV was traveling eastbound on 47th Street South. The SUV turned north onto Hydraulic and hit a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling westbound on 47th Street.

Ballinger was driving the motorcycle. He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene. According to Sedgwick County Jail booking sheets, 31-year-old Jesus Manuel Olave, Jr, was booked on suspicion of failure to stop at a deadly accident, failure to yield to approaching vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid license.

Ballinger was well-known in the local music scene.

“If you’re original music in town, there’s not a lot of places for you to play, and Kenny always gave space on stage for you to play and do original stuff. He just always gave a voice to people who had original stuff to say,” Aaron Underwood, Ballinger’s friend explained.

Underwood’s style and musical tastes were a contrast to what many called a “teddy bear” personality.

“He was going to show you he wasn’t going to be messed with, but he’s real and he’s down to earth and he loves helping people,” said Johnathon Voges, a friend, and co-worker of Ballinger. “That’s why he’s been such a crucial part of the music scene because he wants to help people. He’s just been like the backbone of our scene here. Yeah, we’re going to miss him.”

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