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February 11, 2013

Speed likely a factor in deadly west Wichita crash, police say

Investigators think speed was a primary factor in a one-vehicle crash in west Wichita early Monday morning that killed a 19-year-old man.

Investigators think speed was a primary factor in a one-vehicle crash in west Wichita early Monday morning that killed a 19-year-old man.

The man was traveling west on 13th Street when his Mazda Speed 3 drifted off the right side of the roadway just west of Forestview, Lt. Joe Schroeder said in a statement. That is just east of 135th Street West.

The driver overcorrected and crossed 13th, where the vehicle became airborne and left the roadway on the other side of the street, Schroeder said. The vehicle landed in a drainage culvert and rolled onto its side, where it struck a set of trees.

The vehicle came to rest next to a community swimming pool, Schroeder said. The driver, who was alone in the car, died in the wreckage.

Neighbors reported hearing a possible crash just after midnight Monday, he said, but no one saw wreckage. A vehicle passing by the wreckage after sunrise Monday called 911, Schroeder said.

Toxicology tests are being conducted to determine whether the driver was impaired, he said.

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