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Motorcycle crash victim identified

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012, at 11:32 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.

The man killed in a motorcycle crash on Kellogg on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 34-year-old Derrick Bumphus.

Bumphus was riding east at “a high rate of speed” shortly before 3 p.m. when he tried to change lanes near the exit for the Kansas Turnpike and clipped the back of a car, Lt. Steve Kenney said. Bumphus, who lived in Wichita, laid the bike down and was thrown clear.

Evidence indicates Bumphus’ body struck a street sign, snapping the sign off. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Kenney said.

Police are investigating to see if alcohol played a role in the crash, he said. This is Wichita’s 15th traffic fatality of the year and the third involving motorcycles.

If alcohol is confirmed as a factor, it would be the fourth fatality involving drinking this year, Kenney said.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper witnessed the crash, but investigators have not had a chance to interview him yet to get a reliable estimate on Bumphus’ speed just prior to the collision, Kenney said.

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

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