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Friday, July 11, 2014

Man who was texting while driving on Kellogg slams into parked patrol car

Wichita Eagle

WICHITA -- A man who was texting while driving on Kellogg on Wednesday night slammed into the back of a patrol car that had been stopped on the freeway to assist a stranded motorist.

The officer would "absolutely" have been killed had he been in the patrol car at the moment of impact, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The officer had positioned the car 300 feet behind the stalled vehicle and was helping the driver change a tire when the collision occurred about 7:10 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of West Kellogg over West Street.

The patrol car was stopped in a traffic lane of eastbound Kellogg with its emergency lights flashing, Nolte said.The 42-year-old driver of the SUV was cited for careless driving.

Officials said witnesses said the driver did not appear to slow down at all before striking the patrol car at about 60 miles an hour. The collision drove the trunk of the patrol car into the back seat area of the passenger cabin, Nolte said.

An investigation revealed the driver had a partial text on his cell phone at the time of the collision, Nolte said. He suffered minor injuries but declined treatment.

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