A 26-year-old Wichita woman was killed Monday night when the driver she was riding with failed to stop at an intersection in the Delano neighborhood and was hit by a second vehicle, police said.
Cynthia Ybarra was in a maroon Honda Civic coming south on Millwood just after 6:50 p.m. when the 22-year-old driver entered the intersection with Second Street and was struck by an eastbound Dodge Caravan, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.
"A stop sign for southbound traffic was not in the ground as it should have been," Schroeder said.
Ybarra's condition deteriorated as she was being transported to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, and she died at the hospital.
The driver was also taken to St. Francis for injuries that are not life-threatening, police said.
The 25-year-old man driving the Caravan was not injured, according to police.
The stop sign had been down for perhaps as long as a week, Schroeder said. People who live near there had apparently not reported the downed sign to the city.
"If we're not notified of it, we're not going to be able to replace it," said Gail Williams, assistant to the director of public works for the city. "When we are notified of a downed stop sign, it receives our highest priority."
In the absence of a stop sign, Schroeder said, the southbound driver should have yielded to traffic coming from the right.
The absence of skid marks suggests neither driver saw the other prior to the collision, Schroeder said.
Ybarra's death raises the number of traffic fatalities worked by Wichita police this year to 22.