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December 15, 2012

After car crash, friends abandon woman with broken neck

A 20-year-old woman who suffered a broken neck and other serious injuries in a car crash early Saturday was left lying in the street by the two people she was riding with, who ran away after the accident, Wichita police said.

A 20-year-old woman who suffered a broken neck and other serious injuries in a car crash early Saturday was left lying in the street by the two people she was riding with, who ran away after the accident, Wichita police said.

The injured woman was thrown from the passenger seat of the speeding vehicle when the driver apparently lost control and crashed it into a concrete wall and a tree, said police Sgt. Scott Brunow. Alcohol was found in the car, he said.

The accident occurred about 1:25 a.m. near the intersection of Central and Bluff, Brunow said.

The female passenger suffered “numerous broken bones” in addition to the neck injury and was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where she was conscious but in serious condition, Brunow said.

Police have been able to interview the injured woman and now believe at least the driver and one other passenger were in the car with her when it crashed. They both fled before police arrived, leaving the badly injured passenger alone, Brunow said.

Brunow added that police have a tentative identification of the driver, thought to be another 20-year-old woman.

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