Kansas automobile accident-Police car wreck kills Wichita man

Legal news for Kansas automobile accident attorneys. A two-vehicle crash fatally injured one driver.

Kansas automobile accident lawyer alerts- A man is dead after a Wichita police squad car crashed with another vehicle.

Wichita, KS—A two-vehicle collision involving a Wichita police vehicle left the civilian driver dead. The fatal collision occurred on Sunday night, December 13, 2009, around 11:00 p.m., at the intersection of Hydraulic and El Monte, as reported by the Capital-Journal.

A Wichita police officer identified as Garrett M. Shaddix, 25, of Wellington, was reportedly responding to an emergency call when a 1994 two-door Saturn driven by Christopher L. Perkins, 30, of Wichita, turned in front of the squad car. Perkins was apparently traveling northbound on Hydraulic when he attempted to make a left turn onto El Monte, right in front of the oncoming southbound patrol car. The police car and the Saturn collided, fatally injuring Perkins. He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the wreck. The officer apparently did not have his lights flashing or sirens activated before the collision occurred. That officer was reportedly responding to a call of a shooting at the Lamplighter bar located on E. MacArthur, when the fatal collision happened. It is currently unknown if the police officer was injured in the collision. The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) is conducting a full investigation into the fatal crash. Shaddix is reportedly a new member of the police force, with only less than two years of employment.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Kansas automobile accident lawyers.