An off-duty Wichita police officer was killed in a collision west of Wichita on Friday night, authorities said, and a Valley Center man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Stacy Woodson, 37, a 16-year veteran with the police department, was riding east on 21st Street on a motorcycle when a white pickup traveling south on 167th Street West pulled out in front of him shortly before 8:15 p.m., authorities said.
Woodson’s motorcycle struck the pickup, Sheriff Jeff Easter said. He died at the scene.
Woodson’s 10-year-old son, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was hurt in the collision and was in critical condition on Saturday.
“He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and WPD family,” Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said of Woodson. “Our thoughts and prayers continue for Stacy’s family, friends, and others affected by this tragedy.”
The driver of the pickup, James Neal Dalrymple, was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter following the collision, records show. He was not injured in the incident.
Dalrymple, 35, was booked into jail just before 2 a.m. Saturday. He was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery from a DUI causing great bodily harm and driving under the influence.
Easter confirmed on Saturday that Dalrymple’s arrest was a result of the crash.
Woodson was a member of the police department’s recently revived motorcycle unit, which focuses heavily on traffic enforcement. The incident Friday night was the second significant crash in April involving a member of the unit, though Woodson was not on duty.
On April 11, one of the unit’s instructors suffered numerous injuries when she crashed on Kellogg near Grove as traffic congested near a construction zone. She suffered broken ribs, an injured lung and shoulder and some bumps and bruises; she continues to recuperate.
Law enforcement was a family affair for Woodson. His brother is a lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, working at the jail.
In lieu of flowers and cards, donations can be sent in Woodson’s name to The Honore Adversis Foundation, 477 N. Seneca St., Wichita, KS 67203.