Criminal charges may result from a collision earlier this week that killed an elderly man and triggered a woman’s miscarriage, police said Friday.
A witness told police a 20-year-old man driving west on Harry shortly before 2 p.m. Monday was speeding and passing vehicles in an unsafe manner in the moments before his Mazda van struck a Ford Focus that was turning left at Terrace from eastbound Harry, Wichita police Lt. Steve Kenney said.
Richard Seibel, 87, who was driving the Ford Focus, was taken to Wesley Medical Center. He died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Kenney said.
An 18-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Mazda suffered a miscarriage as a result of her injuries. Police aren’t sure how far along the victim was in her pregnancy, Kenney said, but the fetus would not have survived outside the womb.
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Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the collision, Kenney said, though investigators are awaiting toxicology results for confirmation. Evidence in the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, which will make the decision as to what, if any, charges will be filed.