Wichita doctor arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run accident

06/10/2011 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:04 AM

Investigators arrested a Wichita doctor, Mohammad Sarrafizadeh, on Friday night on suspicion of failing to stop at an injury accident in which a 32-year-old man was killed Friday.

Police say Sarrafizadeh, arrested at his home in the 1500 block of Krug, according to jail records released early this morning, drove for three miles with the man's body on top of his van after crashing into him on Greenwich Road near Douglas early Friday.

Almira Hammond, who lives across the street from the house in far east Wichita where the minivan and the body ended up in a driveway, said of herself and her neighbors, "We're all stunned."

It's hard to understand how it happened, Hammond said.

Friday morning, Hammond watched as EMS workers tended to the victim's body atop the minivan. The 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police didn't release the man's name.

The victim had been working near the street when the minivan struck him on Greenwich Road near Douglas around 7:15 a.m., police Capt. Hassan Ramzah said. That location is near a Hawker Beechcraft plant entrance.

The victim ended up on the minivan's roof, Ramzah said.

A 67-year-old man who lives at the house where the minivan stopped has a valid driver's license, records show.

Neighbors said the minivan's owner lives in the house, but Ramzah said he could not confirm that.

Witnesses who saw the minivan driving with the victim on the roof called 911. Someone followed the minivan to a house in the 1500 block of North Krug, in a neighborhood near 13th and 127th Street East, Ramzah said. The house is about three miles from where the minivan hit the worker.

One neighbor said he saw a vehicle pulling into the driveway "pretty quickly" with what looked like a person on top.

For a time Friday, police blocked off the street in front of the house, and crime scene tape surrounded the driveway where the gray-and-tan minivan still sat. While officers investigated and documented the scene, the victim's body remained atop the minivan, covered with a blanket. Later, the body was removed.

A tow truck removed the minivan, a Toyota Sienna XLE with a luggage rack on top, while neighbors watched Friday afternoon.

The minivan had damage on the driver's side front bumper and headlight assembly. The hood was caved in. The windshield was smashed in — broken through in at least one place and densely cracked.

Representatives of the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office went to the scene. The office declined to comment.

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