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Two hurt in weekend motorcycle-car collision remain hospitalized

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012, at 6:17 p.m.

A woman critically hurt when the motorcycle she was a passenger on struck a turning Ford Mustang early Sunday morning remains on life support at a local hospital, police said.

The 31-year-old woman and her 32-year-old friend were riding south on Hillside when the Mustang turned in front of them shortly after 1:30 .m. Sunday, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The 36-year-old driver of the Mustang was driving north on Hillside and was turning to go west on Kellogg.

Both people on the motorcycle were thrown over the car by the impact. The man suffered a broken pelvis and broken bones in his legs, Nolte said, and was in serious condition before undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon at Wesley Medical Center. His condition had been upgraded to fair by evening, an operator at Wesley said.

His passenger, however, remained in critical condition Tuesday. She suffered a broken neck, broken pelvis, broken ribs and has bleeding on the brain, Nolte said.

Police are checking to see if alcohol played a role in the collision, he said.

“It may have been a visibility issue,” Nolte said, though the motorcycle’s headlight was on at the time of the crash.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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