WICHITA — Police are looking into whether a 23-year-old woman was texting when her pickup slammed into a truck stopped on Kellogg next to Seneca on Friday afternoon, killing the pickup's driver.
The woman told police she never saw the silver GMC parked on the left side of westbound Kellogg shortly before 2 p.m., said Lt. Joe Schroeder of the Accident Follow-up Unit.
Tusten Edwards, 25, had pulled off next to the concrete barrier in the center median of Kellogg and retrieved a tire on a rim from the inside lane, Schroeder said. The truck extended out into the inside lane by two or three feet.
He was standing in front of his pickup with the tire when his truck was hit by the woman's blue Tacoma. The force of the collision knocked Edwards' truck forward, running him over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The impact of the collision knocked the Tacoma to the right, where it struck a white van. The van veered off Kellogg and down an embankment, but the driver was able to stop it just before it reached the access road linking Seneca with westbound Kellogg.
Police aren't sure if the woman driving the Tacoma was texting or merely talking on her cell phone at the time of the collision, Schroeder said.
Edwards had been stopped for a minute or less at the time he was killed.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Eagle.