• September 15, 2022

Damian Conner Killed in Car Accident on I-135 in Park City, KS

Park City, KS — September 14, 2022, 23-year-old Damian Conner died in a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 135 in Park City.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:40 a.m. on I-135 near 53rd Street North in suburban Wichita. Preliminary investigation suggests traffic was heavy in the southbound lanes when Conner's car approached. He braked as the car neared the congestion but the vehicle didn't stop in time on the wet road surface, instead crashing into the back of a stopped 18-wheeler.

Conner was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Damian Conner Killed in Car Accident on I-135 in Park City, KS

Commentary on Damian Conner Accident in Park City

Early reports seem to chalk this crash up to a car traveling at highway speeds not being able to stop in time on a wet road. That explanation seems quite reasonable and I have no specific reason to doubt it; however, before people assume it's the whole story and move on, it's probably best to find out whether anything else played a role in this tragedy.

For instance, what if something other than the wet road (or in addition to it) kept the car from coming to a stop? While not particularly common, vehicular failures still cause many crashes or make them significantly worse. Could the victim's brakes have failed or locked up? Did the car's seat belt pretensioners and airbags activate correctly upon impact? Were the tires in good shape?

Some may roll their eyes at all that, but my point isn't to overcomplicate things or point fingers. Many accidents just aren't as straightforward as they're made out to be, and all of them benefit from careful and thorough investigation to be sure the whole truth is learned. Will police take the necessary time and care in Park City to ensure the victim's loved ones get answers?

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