Hit-and-run incident prompts city to make changes in Wichita neighborhood
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A hit-and-run incident from last weekend is prompting the city of Wichita to make changes to a neighborhood. This comes after Saturday night, June 5, in which a woman was hit outside of Central Standard Brewing, near Greenwood and English, southwest of Douglas and Hydraulic. Police said a car hit the woman as she was crossing the street. Wichita police arrested the 18-year-old drive who fled the scene after hitting the woman.
As of Thursday night, June 10, the woman remains in critical condition at a Wichita hospital.
The city said it met with the business to try to come up with a plan to make the area safer. The city said changes will start next week near Central Standard Brewing and Hyde Park. After talks with Central Standard Brewing, the city is implementing several measures to help keep pedestrians in the area safe.
One of the changes is to make the street lights brighter. The city is also planning to trim trees to improve visibility for drivers. The city will also install marked crosswalks and signs on Greenwood and English. Parking won’t be allowed on the west side of Greenwood Street, right in front of Central Standard Brewing.
Finally, a stop sign will be installed on westbound English. The city hopes the improvements will benefit those spending time in Hyde Park, Central Standard Brewing and other nearby properties.
On Sunday, June 13, Central Standard Brewing is hosting a benefit for the woman who was hit and injured last weekend. From noon to about 7 p.m. the business says 50 percent of its food and beer sales will be donated to help the woman and her family. The woman’s family also established a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
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