Oaklawn teen hospitalized in critical condition after collision

04/17/2013 4:29 PM

04/18/2013 12:47 AM

An Oaklawn teenager who sustained potentially life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle collision remained in critical condition late Wednesday at a local hospital, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy said.

Giving an update on the 15-year-old girl by phone around 11:30 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Ohmart described her condition as “very, very critical.”

“No one knows whether she’s going to make it,” he said of the teen, who suffered head trauma in the Wednesday afternoon crash.

“She remains critical but is stable.”

Ohmart said the girl is about to turn 16; her identity has not been released.

Ohmart said earlier Wednesday the girl had just halted at a stop sign on Clifton and then proceeded north across 47th Street South when her car was T-boned by a westbound pickup truck around 3:20 p.m. Her 1998 Chevy Cavalier then smashed head-on into a utility pole at the intersection, near K-15, he said.

Emergency personnel rushed the girl to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

She was alone in the car, Ohmart said.

The 38-year-old driver of the truck, a south Wichita resident, was not hurt, he said. Authorities are investigating whether his speed or the afternoon’s rainy weather played a role in the collision, Ohmart said.

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