Chester County Highway to be dedicated in memory of fallen trooper
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.
Trooper Kenton Iwaniec
The parents of fallen Trooper Kenton Iwaniec, Ken and Debby Iwaniec, hold a picture of their son.