Wichita promoter, bar owner killed in south Wichita hit-and-run
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has identified the motorcyclist killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run as 37-year-old Kenneth M. Ballinger of Derby.
Police said at about 11:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a fatal accident at the intersection of 47th Street South and South Hydraulic Avenue.
The investigation revealed a black-in-color SUV was traveling eastbound on 47th Street South. The SUV then turned north onto Hydraulic Avenue and struck a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling westbound on 47th Street South. The motorcycle driver was identified as Kenneth M. Ballinger; he was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the black SUV fled the scene and was not located; the SUV may have damage to the front right corner.
A family friend says Kenny was a Wichita music promoter in town and owned two venues - Barleycorns and the Elbow Room. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his wife Dariah and son Harlan.
“...lets band together and do what we all do best and help this family out during a time none of us should ever go through,” reads the post on the page.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact WPD detectives at 316-268-4407, See Something Say Something at 316 519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
On Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with friends of Ballinger who discussed his passion for music, the impact he had on the community and why his death is a big loss for the city’s music scene.
“Life is not going to be the same without him for sure,” Ballinger’s friend, Jason Catlett, said.
In his role as a music promoter, friends say Ballinger was always trying to help up-and-coming artists.
“He was always looking to grow, so he was really ambitious, always willing to help someone out,” friend Alex Anthemides said.
Friends said Ballinger genuinely loved Wichita and leaves a lasting impact on the city’s music scene.
“People loved him and he loved them,” Athemides said.
Wichita Police are looking for a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run involving a motorcycle Wednesday night.
Police said a 37-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a black-in-color SUV at the intersection of 47th Street South and Hydraulic.
The SUV was traveling eastbound on 47th Street when it turned north onto Hydraulic and struck the motorcyclist. The driver of the SUV then fled the scene. Police said the SUV could have damage to the front right corner.
Those with information are asked to contact WPD detectives at 316-268-4407, See Something Say Something at 316 519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
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