Crash on North Broadway kills man

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the accident occurred on 21st Street.

WICHITA — A 24-year-old man was killed in a one-vehicle accident early this morning in north Wichita, authorities said.

A passing motorist spotted the wreckage of a Honda Accord in the 2500 block of North Broadway shortly after 2:30 a.m. today. The vehicle had struck a utility pole and been sheared in half.

The back half of the Accord was wrapped around a utility pole near a bridge at 25th Street, and the front half of the car was found by authorities in a culvert at the bottom of a ravine next to the street.

The driver was found in the ravine as well. Traffic investigators determined the car was southbound on Broadway when the car drifted and struck a curb, police said.

The driver over-corrected, sending the Accord skidding sideways about 75 yards. The vehicle struck the utlity pole on the driver's side.

Speed is a likely factor in the crash, authorities said. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending the notification of relatives, was dead at the scene.

Because of the extensive damage caused in the crash, police do not know whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt. Investigators would like anyone who witnessed the crash to call 316-268-4131.

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