Nicholas Reichuber was in trouble even before his car entered the sharp curve near 135th Street West on Central early Friday morning, police said.
Evidence suggests Reichuber, 23, lost control of his car as he approached the series of tight curves on Central past 119th Street West in far west Wichita, said Lt. Joe Schroeder of the accident follow up unit.
Reichuber's car swerved off the pavement and hit a guardrail, Schroeder said. The force of the impact threw Reichuber out of the passenger window and onto Central.
He was not wearing a seat belt, Schroeder said, and he died at the scene. His body was found by a newspaper carrier at about 3:40 a.m.
Reichuber's 2000 Honda sedan continued west for several hundred feet before coming to rest on its side in a creek.
"When officers arrived, they could not see the vehicle from where they were," Schroeder said. "They were not sure what had happened to him."
Excessive speed was clearly a contributing factor in the crash, Schroeder said, though investigators are not sure how fast Reichuber was going. The curves have a posted speed limit of 20 mph.
"We do respond to accidents in that area fairly regularly," Schroeder said, noting that a neighbor told police another motorist hit a tree two weeks ago.
"The curves in that portion of the road are pretty intense," he said. "It seems that at nighttime people come up on those curves pretty quick."
Reichuber lived not far from where he was killed, Schroeder said.