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March 7, 2014

Driver injured in west Wichita collision dies

Excessive speed and alcohol are being blamed for a violent crash that fatally injured a 26-year-old woman Thursday night in west Wichita, police said.

Excessive speed and alcohol are being blamed for a violent crash that fatally injured a 26-year-old woman Thursday night in west Wichita, police said.

Mayra Segura was driving west on Maple east of 135th Street West shortly after 9 p.m. when she slammed into the back of a semi that had slowed to make a left-hand turn on 135th, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

“The impact resulted in the driver being thrown from her vehicle,” Schroeder said.

She was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, where she died early Friday morning.

Witnesses told police Segura’s GMC was traveling between 75 and 80 miles an hour and was moving erratically in the minutes before the collision, Schroeder said. Investigators have evidence indicating she had been drinking prior to the crash.

Segura wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Schroeder said, but the GMC was so badly mangled by the force of the impact that she might not have survived her injuries anyway.

The driver of the Freightliner semi, a 44-year-old man from Jefferson City, Mo., was not injured in the collision, which happened in the 13300 block of West Maple.

Segura is the sixth traffic fatality of the year in Wichita, Schroeder said. Alcohol has been a contributing factor in four of them.

With fans converging on bars to take in conference tournaments and March Madness, Schroeder said, there are more opportunities for impaired driving.

“People need to have a plan,” he said. “It does not take a lot of alcohol” to raise a person’s blood-alcohol level to above the legal limit.

If you’re with a friend who has been drinking, Schroeder said, “don’t allow them behind the wheel. Stop them.”

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