Ch­ester County High­way to be ded­i­cated in mem­ory of fallen trooper

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dunbar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar

AVON­DALE » A me­mo­rial for Trooper Ken­ton Iwaniec will soon be dis­played in the area where he was killed by a drunk driver and dis­cour­age im­paired driv­ing.

A por­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia Route 41 in Avon­dale will of­fi­cially be des­ig­nated the Trooper Ken­ton Iwaniec Me­mo­rial High­way at a cer­e­mony on Mon­day at 2 p.m. at the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Troop J Avon­dale Bar­racks at 2 Moxley Lane. Road signs hon­or­ing Iwaniec will be un­veiled at the cer­e­mony.

“The high­way des­ig­na­tion is a beau­ti­ful trib­ute to Ken­ton and an­other way to con­tinue his legacy of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity he loved. This per­ma­nent me­mo­rial can serve as a re­minder to those who travel this road to never drive im­paired,” his par­ents, Ken and Debby Iwaniec said.

“The sim­ple act of mak­ing plans in ad­vance can pre­vent such a need­less loss of life. We are grate­ful for the ef­forts of Corporal Chris Wi­nes­burg, Lieu­tenant Rob Bai­ley, Sen­a­tor Andy Din­ni­man, Sen­a­tor John Raf­ferty, and Sen­a­tor Kim Ward who made this pos­si­ble. We feel it is a trib­ute to all mem­bers of law en­force­ment as it re­flects their ded­i­ca­tion to keep our roads safe.”

The Leg­is­la­ture unan­i­mously passed in June and the gover­nor signed into law Act 61 of 2018, based on a bill orig­i­nally in­tro­duced by state Sens. Din­ni­man, D-19, of West Whiteland, Raf­ferty, R-44, of Col­legeville, and Ward, R-39, of Hemp­field. It of­fi­cially ded­i­cates a por­tion of state Route 41 (Gap New­port Pike) be­tween state Route 926 (Street Road) and U.S. Route 1, lo­cated in Lon­don Grove and Lon­don Derry Town­ships in Iwaniec’s mem­ory.

The Iwaniec fam­ily, through the Trooper Ken­ton Iwaniec Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, are ac­tive

in work­ing to pre­vent DUIs, in­clud­ing lob­by­ing for tougher laws, speak­ing to of­fend­ers, sup­port­ing en­force­ment ef­forts, and rais­ing funds to pur­chase por­ta­ble breath-test­ing de­vices for law en­force­ment.

His fam­ily said Ken­ton Iwaniec of­ten served as a “des­ig­nated driver” for his friends to en­sure that they would get home safely and not put oth­ers at risk on the roads.

Iwaniec, 24, orig­i­nally of Lan­caster, served at Avon­dale Bar­racks upon grad­u­at­ing with the 125th Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice class in De­cem­ber 2007. Af­ter he fin­ished his shift on March 27, 2008, just two miles away from the sta­tion on Route 41, an im­paired driver crossed the cen­ter­line and struck Iwaniec’s ve­hi­cle head-on. The crash oc­curred at night and the other driver, in a black SUV, did not have her head­lights on and was not vis­i­ble to other driv­ers.

That driver had a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion level more than four times the le­gal limit and she was un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal Oxy­codone. Iwaniec was flown to Chris­tiana hos­pi­tal where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries af­ter mid­night on March 28, 2008.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Trooper Ken­ton Iwaniec

GIN­GER RAE DUNBAR - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The par­ents of fallen Trooper Ken­ton Iwaniec, Ken and Debby Iwaniec, hold a pic­ture of their son.

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