WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police said a motorcycle officer was involved in an accident on eastbound Kellogg near Grove Street. It happened just before 2:30 p.m.
Lt. Jeff Allen with Wichta Police says the 20-year veteran of the department and a very experienced motorcycle rider officer swerved to avoid a sudden traffic slowdown on Kellogg. The officer had to lay the bike down in order to avoid hitting a truck that was stopped. The motorcycle did not hit another vehicle but clipped the truck.
“She is an experienced motorcycle rider and she’s actually one of the instructors for the department so she’s very experienced and sometimes things like this happen,” says Lt. Allen. “Whether a motorcycle or a car, a chain reaction kind of a thing.”
The officer suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
“A lot of times on a motorcycle a last ditch effort would be to lay the bike over so you can kind of use the bike to help protect you,” says Lt. Allen. “She’s got serious injuries but not life-threatening. She was transported to Wesley.”
Chief Gordon Ramsay has visited the injured officer in the hospital and said the department is grateful for everyone’s prayers and kind words.
This is the first accident for the newly reinstated WPD motorcycle officer unit. And police ask you to be aware with the spring weather here, officers on cycles will be out, so leave plenty of space for safety.
Kellogg has been reopened.