Trial set for man charged in January street racing death

08/15/2014 7:50 AM

08/15/2014 2:53 PM

A trial date has been set for a man charged in the death of a fellow driver during a drag race in downtown Wichita in January.

Dacosta A. Yankey is scheduled to appear before a Sedgwick County jury Oct. 20 on one count of involuntary manslaughter, according to Sedgwick County District Court records. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week before district Judge Joe Kisner, records show.

Yankey is facing the manslaughter charge in the Jan. 12 traffic death of Jorge Espinosa-Velez. The men, police have said, started a spontaneous street race down Douglas Avenue that afternoon and within moments Espinosa-Velez lost control of his black convertible. The car slammed into a decorative stone pillar at Douglas and Market, killing the 26-year-old on impact.

Yankey, police have said, returned to the scene to try to render aid. The men reportedly knew one another.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service