Authorities say a husband and wife were walking their dog down 167th Street West near K-42 when a 28-year-old Wichita man hit the woman and dog with his truck Wednesday night, killing the pair on impact.
Sedgwick County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ohmart said the 28-year-old was driving south on the gravel road when he saw a couple walking southbound. He tried to swerve to miss them, but struck the woman, 52, and the dog.
They were killed instantly, Ohmart said at the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel around 9:30 p.m., about 15 minutes after the collision.
Her husband, also in his 50s, and the 28-year-old driver were unhurt.
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The woman’s name is expected to be released Thursday after family members are notified.
The accident happened in a rural neighborhood known as K-42 Estates, near the intersection of 55th Street South and Princeton. The husband and wife are residents of the area, Ohmart said. The 28-year-old, who called 911 to report the accident, was headed to visit family in the neighborhood.
There’s no indication the couple and 28-year-old are related, he said.
Based on Ohmart’s account of events, it appears the couple was walking in the middle of the road and was not wearing reflective or light-colored clothing when the woman was hit. Authorities say it doesn’t appear the driver was speeding or impaired but he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation Wednesday evening.
The rural neighborhood is spotted with mobile homes and farm houses. A few curious residents stood outside their homes Wednesday evening, looking on and asking questions. Others drove slowly by, stopping when they saw flashing lights.
Ohmart said officers planned to maintain the accident scene overnight and continue investigating when there is daylight. There were no streetlights on the road.
The speed limit on the road is 55, Ohmart said. It is not posted.