An 83-year-old man who took his antique car out for an afternoon drive Thursday died after a mechanical failure or possible medical issue caused him to crash into a house, police say.
The man was driving his red 1941 convertible south on Amidon when he lost control, struck a curb and smashed into the front of a brick house in the 1700 block of West Nottingham, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. The wreck happened around 2:50 p.m. on the east side of Nottingham where the two streets intersect.
Schroeder said the coroner will determine whether the man suffered from a medical problem but “it appears that a mechanical malfunction” of the car may be to blame for the wreck.
“The impact caused trauma to him. He has died as a result of that on scene,” Schroeder said.
No one else was in the car and the house was unoccupied when the crash occurred, he added.
Schroeder said the man, whom authorities have not named, is not a resident of the house but lives in the tidy neighborhood, tucked off of 37th Street North in northwest Wichita.
On the scene Thursday afternoon, police officers measured distances from the curb to the street and talked to onlookers. The car remained lodged in the house near the front door and porch two hours after the collision.