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Victims identified from a deadly weekend on Wichita's streets

WICHITA — Police have released the names of the three people killed in traffic accidents on city streets this weekend.

Robert Lee Friend, 49, of Wichita, was killed Friday when his motorcycle collided head-on with an F-150 shortly before 11 p.m. in the 2500 block of South Oliver, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

The pickup was coming south on Oliver and was preparing to turn left into an apartment complex when it collided with Friend's northbound motorcycle, Schroeder said.

One of the two vehicles drifted into the other lane, he said, but it's not clear which one drifted. The pickup had not begun its turn at the time of the crash, he said.

A 25-year-old woman who was riding with Friend was critically injured in the crash and remains under care at Wesley Medical Center today.

The driver of the pickup was not injured, Schroeder said.

On Saturday morning, 22-year-old Joshua Dement of Wichita was riding west on MacArthur Road on a 1994 Honda CRX sportbike at about 10:15 a.m. when he collided with a Ford F-150 that was turning from I-235 onto eastbound MacArthur.

Dement died at the scene, and the driver of the pickup was not injured.

Witnesses said Dement was driving at an extremely high rate of speed, Schroeder said, and the pickup driver said he never saw the oncoming motorcycle.

Excessive speed appears to have been a contributing factor in both motorcycle crashes, Schroeder said.

The woman killed in a collision on West Kellogg Saturday night has been identified as 56-year-old Rose Marie Ogden of Towanda.

A Lyons man told police he sensed he was about to become ill as he was driving east on Kellogg in the 4200 block of West Kellogg at about 7:45 p.m., Schroeder said.

Unable to pull over to the right because of traffic, he instead stopped on the left edge of the inside lane and turned on the Yukon's hazard lights.

He told police he was concerned that he would lose control of his GMC Yukon if he became ill inside the vehicle.

He exited the Yukon and was vomiting near the concrete barrier when his SUV was struck by Ogden's Chevy Astro van, Schroeder said.

Ogden had moved into the inside lane to avoid other traffic, and slammed into the stopped Yukon at 60 to 65 miles an hour, he said.

The Yukon was protruding three or four feet into the inside lane, he said, and Ogden never touched her brakes.

Ogden was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Two or three members of the Lyons man's family, who were seatbelted in the Yukon, suffered minor injuries in the collision and were taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis for treatment.

The weekend crashes bring the traffic fatality total in Wichita to 28 this year, not counting fatalities worked by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Eleven of those deaths were motorcyclists, Schroeder said, and 17 of the fatalities involved people who were driving under the influence.

Each of the weekend crashes will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office for review and possible charges, Schroeder said _ though it's not a given that charges will be filed.

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