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Gun may have been flashed before crash that killed student

WICHITA — Police are searching for a light-colored SUV that might have been involved in a car crash that killed one Southeast High student and injured five others this morning near the school.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that occupants of the SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition, flashed a gun at the other car, causing it to lose control and crash into a tree, Wichita police Lt. Walker Andrews said.

The incident occurred while the six victims were off campus for lunch, Wichita district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

The accident occurred at 11:33 a.m. at Lincoln and Fabrique.

Andrews said the dead and injured appeared to be riding together in a midsize gray Chrysler. He said, according to witnesses, that the car and the SUV were traveling at a high rate of speed east on Lincoln from Edgemoor toward Woodlawn.

He said the Chrysler lost control, spun sideways and struck a tree in the front yard of a house near Lincoln and Fabrique.

The person who was killed was ejected from the car, Andrews said.

A Wesley Medical Center spokeswoman said a girl died at the scene, and five people involved in the incident have received treatment.

A 16-year-old girl has been admitted in fair condition and a 16-year-old boy is receiving treatment and is listed in fair condition. Three others have been treated and released: a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy.

Southeast High students have not been told about the incident yet, Arensman said, because police haven't reached the family of the dead student yet. A crisis team will be available to meet with students and staff at the school Friday, Arensman said.

Andrews said it is possible the Chrysler and the SUV collided before the incident. He said witnesses described the SUV as large and light-colored, possibly a Ford Expedition.

When police arrived, Andrews said, they found four of the injured people walking away from the crash scene.

Members of the Police Department's homicide unit were at the scene.

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