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Couple killed in Kellogg collision identified

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, June 17, 2013, at 3:22 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 10 a.m.

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The cause of a collision that killed two people on Kellogg in east Wichita last month remains under investigation, police said Monday.

A 75-year-old man was driving east in the 11400 block of East Kellogg shortly after 11:30 a.m. on May 22 when he passed out, police officials have said. His vehicle drifted across the median and struck a Volkswagen Passat approaching Greenwich Road heading west in the inside lane.

The impact forced the Passat into a semi traveling in the curb lane of westbound Kellogg, police have said. Barbara Kelly, 75, of the Parkersfield area of Arkansas City, who was a passenger in the Passat, was gravely injured in the collision. She was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly after noon.

Her husband, Michael Kelly, 78, was admitted to the hospital in a coma, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. He died of his injuries on June 9.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the other driver may have suffered a medical condition which caused him to lose control of his vehicle,” Schroeder said in an e-mail response to questions.

Investigators are awaiting blood test results to see if the driver who passed out was under the influence of medication or some other substance at the time of the collision. The findings will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for review, Schroeder said.

The Kellys were taking the Passat for a test drive from a dealership at the time of the collision, police said. A 31-year-old man, a sales associate from the dealership along for the test drive, was not seriously injured in the collision.

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

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