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Crash victim in fair condition

A 25-year-old rural Goddard man is in fair condition today at a local hospital, recovering from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash southwest of Wichita that killed an elderly man Wednesday.

Phillip Stover was heading east on 31st Street South just after noon Wednesday when he failed to obey a yield sign at an intersection and struck an SUV coming south on 135th Street West, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Captain George Mason said.

The impact of the collision knocked both vehicles to the southeast corner of the intersection, where the ditch sent the SUV airborne. It rolled in the air and came down on the driver’s side door and front quarter panel, Mason said.

The driver of the SUV, 73-year-old Jerry James of Wichita, died at the scene. Stover was taken to Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus for treatment.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of James’ death, Mason said.

“He was seatbelted in,” Mason said of James. “From everything we can tell .æ.æ. it doesn’t appear that he was doing anything illegal.

“The eastbound driver failed to yield at the yield sign. It was a T-bone type accident. He hit right smack dead center of the passenger side of the SUV.”

The investigation into the crash is continuing, Mason said.

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