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One killed, one injured in crash in downtown Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 6:41 a.m.


Driver killed in street-racing crash

The crash occurred when two cars were racing each other going westbound on Douglas and one driver lost control and wrecked into an architectural pillar on Douglas Ave. in Wichita, Kansas. The driver died and his passenger was taken to an area hospital in good condition. (January 12, 2014)

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Sgt. James Buettgenbach's last name.

One of the city’s busiest intersections was closed to traffic much of Sunday afternoon and evening as Wichita police investigated a traffic accident that left one man dead and injured one woman.

The accident was reported at 2:53 p.m. Sunday at Douglas and Market, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said.

When police arrived at the scene, they determined two cars had been racing westbound on the street, said Sgt. James Buettgenbach, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

“It appears one lost control and wrecked into one of the walls,” he said.

He would not say how fast the cars were going.

One of the cars – a convertible – crashed into a limestone and steel tower. Debris was scattered on the sidewalk and throughout the street.

“There was a lot of chaos. A lot of people were out on the streets today,” Buettgenbach said of the accident scene when officers first arrived.

“It was a very tragic scene,” he said.

Buettgenbach said the female passenger was rushed to a local hospital in good condition.

The driver, who died at the scene, was 26 years old.

The driver of the second car has been contacted by police, Buettgenbach said.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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