Crime & Courts

August 20, 2014

Wichita man pleads guilty in car crash death of 6-year-old girl

Wichita driver pleads guilty to killing a 6-year-old girl in an accident caused by his attempt to speed-dry his car.

A Wichita motorist who killed a child while he was speeding in an effort to dry off his just-washed car has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Raudel Sandoval Jr., 20, crashed into the back of a car driven by the mother of 6-year-old Feodora Two-Hatchett on June 26, 2012. Feodora, who was riding in the back seat, died at the scene of the crash, near the intersection of Edgemoor and Mt. Vernon.

Sandoval admitted he was driving 65 to 70 mph in a 35-mph speed zone “in an attempt to dry his car, because he had just left a carwash,” said the statement released by District Attorney Marc Bennett.

Sandoval’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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