One person was killed Tuesday morning after an accident at the intersection of 252nd Road and 51st Road, northwest of Arkansas City, according to the sheriff’s press release.
Cowley County Sheriff’s deputies and Arkansas City fire/EMS responded to a two-vehicle injury accident around 5:53 a.m. A blue 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Abdu Omer, 47, of Wichita, was traveling east on 252nd Road when he struck a white 2017 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by Ryan Hunt, 42, of Arkansas City. Hunt was turning his truck west onto 252nd Road from 51st Road when Omer collided with him on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A 4-year-old passenger was also in the back driver’s side of the truck at the time of impact.
When EMS arrived, they relayed to dispatch one patient was in full respiratory arrest, with one immediate patient and one non-emergent patient. No occupants had to be extricated from either vehicle, according to a lieutenant at the ACFD.
Omer, the sole occupant of his vehicle, was pulled from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Hunt and the juvenile were transported to South Central Kansas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic was affected by the accident and the incident is still under investigation by the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement were working to try and identify the speed of the passenger car at the time of impact, Sheriff Dave Falletti said. He said the headlights could also be checked to see if they were in use. Falletti said Tuesday afternoon that some newer cars can be checked in the electronics as to how fast the car was traveling and other specifics to further the investigation.
The site along 252nd Road is reoccurring in past reports where more than one life has been claimed — the most recent being at 6:12 a.m. Nov. 2, 2017 when Micah Hutchinson, 27, rolled her Pontiac in the 6000 block of 252nd Road while trying to miss a deer, according to a sheriff’s report. The vehicle struck a tree, rolled onto its top and came to rest on its wheels.
She was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.