Two people were in fair condition Wednesday morning at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis after they were injured in a motorcycle accident near 13th and McLean that followed a brief police chase.
A 26-year-old man, who was the driver, and a 34-year-old woman, who was the passenger, were taken to the hospital about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in critical and serious condition, respectively. But their conditions were upgraded to fair, a hospital spokeswoman said.
A Wichita police officer attempted to stop the motorcyclist on a traffic violation, but the driver sped away and hit a curb, Police Lt. Doug Nolte said.
Police later determined “there might have been some drug usage by the driver of the motorcycle that contributed to his trying to flee,” Nolte said.
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Because the accident involved a chase, the Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating.
A highway patrol accident report said the motorcycle attempted to pass a car when it struck the right curb at the intersection of 13th and Clarence.