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One year ago this week, Ali Shutt lost her 5-year-old son Cainan in a tragic accident on K-10 near Church Street, when an impaired driver crossed the median and collided with a minivan driven by Cainan’s grandfather.
Since the accident, Shutt, along with a multitude of citizens and politicians, worked to get the Kansas Department of Transportation to install cable median barriers along the K-10 corridor. In November 2011, KDOT agreed to a project that will install those barriers between the two Eudora exits and near the K-10/K-7 interchange in Johnson County.
Wednesday, Shutt was honored by KDOT with their annual People Saving People Award at the 18th Annual Transportation Safety Conference in Topeka.
“I’m honored to have won this award,” Shutt said. “I hope we do save people with it.”
The People Saving People Award is presented annually to an individual, project or organization that has positively impacted transportation safety in Kansas.
Shutt expressed her gratitude to the many people involved in the initiative to get the barriers installed.
“My family has been behind me the whole way and the whole community of Eudora fought really hard for us as well, as did the members of the safety committee.”
In May 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ordered a committee to be formed that was comprised of citizens, elected officials and KDOT officials to look at how to improve safety along the K-10 corridor from Lawrence to Johnson County.
Shutt, along with a grassroots campaign led by Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson and a multitude of people via a Facebook page, worked vigorously in an attempt to get KDOT to install the cable barriers.
Shutt, along with her 2-year-old daughter Courtlynn who was injured in the crash, and several family members attended the awards luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.
“She (Courtlynn) was completely cleared last month and doesn’t have to go back to the spine doctor for another year now,” according to Shutt.
Construction of the cable median barriers is currently expected to occur in late summer or early fall 2012.