Investigation continues in traffic accident that killed 11-year-old boy

WICHITA — Grief counselors are at West High and Horace Mann Middle School today as staff and students cope with the death of an 11-year-old boy in a traffic accident Friday afternoon.

The boy was a passenger in a van driven by his 15-year-old brother when the vehicle struck a curb and rolled on a gravel street at Silver and Skinner in south Wichita just after 4:45 p.m. Friday, Lt. Steve Kenney said.

None of the four boys in the van were wearing a seatbelt, Kenney said, and the 11-year-old was partially ejected. The van rolled onto the boy, killing him.

His brother and the two other passengers, ages 15 and 14, were taken to local hospitals and released after treatment.

The brothers live in the 200 block of North Charles, nearly three miles from where the accident occurred. The driver did not have a learner's permit or a license of any kind, Kenney said.

The van fish-tailed in the moments before the crash, Kenney said, but police aren't sure at this point whether that was because the driver lost control or he was showing off.

The victim's name has not been released, pending the notification of relatives.

No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation.