It will be several weeks before a determination is made on whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with a two-car collision that killed a 6-year-old girl in southeast Wichita Tuesday night, police said.
Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports that would indicate whether either driver was impaired at the time of the crash — just after 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Edgemoor. Feodora Two-Hatchett died at the scene. Her 27-year-old mother and 1-year-old sister were hospitalized.
“We’re going to push it,” Lt. Joe Schroeder said of the case. “It’s not going to go away.”
While authorities do not suspect alcohol played a role in the incident, Schroeder said if one or both drivers were impaired by something such as medication it will affect what charges can be filed.
Maria Two-Hatchett has since been released from Wesley Medical Center, but her surviving daughter remains hospitalized.
An 18-year-old man was driving west at a high rate of speed on Mount Vernon when his red Acura struck the woman’s maroon Ford Fusion as she was driving north on Edgemoor, police have said. Witnesses gave conflicting reports on whether the woman ran the stop sign on Edgemoor on Mount Vernon.
But it was “glaringly obvious” the Acura was speeding, according to witnesses, Schroeder said. Estimates placed the Acura’s speed at between 60 and 70 miles an hour in an area with a speed limit of 35.
The driver of the Acura was not hurt in the collision. A 15-year-old passenger was treated and released.
Feodora, who will be buried Friday in Tonkawa, Okla., is the ninth person to be killed in a traffic accident this year in Wichita, Schroeder said. There were 18 traffic deaths through the same point last year.