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May 23, 2013

Medical condition may have triggered fatal collision on Kellogg, police say

Investigators think a driver’s medical condition triggered a three-car collision late Wednesday morning that killed an elderly woman on East Kellogg.

Investigators think a driver’s medical condition triggered a three-car collision late Wednesday morning that killed an elderly woman on East Kellogg.

A 75-year-old man was driving east in the 11400 block of East Kellogg shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he passed out, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said. His vehicle drifted across the median and struck a Volkswagen Passat approaching Greenwich Road heading west in the inside lane.

The impact forced the Passat into a semi traveling in the curb lane of westbound Kellogg, Nolte said. The woman, who is in her 80s, was a passenger in the Passat. She was gravely injured in the collision and was taken to Wesley Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at 12:08 p.m.

Her name is being withheld pending the notification of relatives, Nolte said. She lived in a Kansas town.

A 78-year-old man who was taking the Passat for a test drive from a nearby dealership and a 31-year-old man were also injured in the collision. All three people who survived the crash were taken to Wesley with injuries that are not life-threatening, Nolte said.

Eleven people have been killed in a total of nine traffic accidents so far this year in Wichita, police said.

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