A 42-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when she was involved in a collision with a motorcycle that killed the rider last summer in west Wichita.
Wade Titus of Derby was with a group of other motorcyclists riding north on 135th Street West shortly before 11:30 p.m. on June 11, police have said. Several bikers had cleared the intersection of Douglas and 135th, with Titus somewhat behind them. The woman was driving south on 135th in an SUV and she began to turn left at the intersection.
Titus slammed into the front of the SUV and was thrown from his 2008 Kawasaki sport bike, police have said. The SUV was knocked sideways by the impact and struck Titus again on the ground. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was pronounced dead about six hours later.
Speed was considered a factor in the collision – police estimate Titus was traveling at or above 100 miles per hour at the time of the collision.
Police documents show the woman driving the SUV had a blood alcohol content of .11, which is .03 above the legal limit.