The man killed in a motorcycle crash on Kellogg on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 34-year-old Derrick Bumphus.
Bumphus was riding east at “a high rate of speed” shortly before 3 p.m. when he tried to change lanes near the exit for the Kansas Turnpike and clipped the back of a car, Lt. Steve Kenney said. Bumphus, who lived in Wichita, laid the bike down and was thrown clear.
Evidence indicates Bumphus’ body struck a street sign, snapping the sign off. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Kenney said.
Police are investigating to see if alcohol played a role in the crash, he said. This is Wichita’s 15th traffic fatality of the year and the third involving motorcycles.
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If alcohol is confirmed as a factor, it would be the fourth fatality involving drinking this year, Kenney said.
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper witnessed the crash, but investigators have not had a chance to interview him yet to get a reliable estimate on Bumphus’ speed just prior to the collision, Kenney said.