Passenger critically injured in Douglas, Hydraulic crash improving

One person was critically injured in a two-vehicle collision in east Wichita early Sunday morning, police said.

The collision was reported at 4:15 a.m. Sunday at Douglas and Hydraulic, Capt. Doug Nolte said. A 30-year-old woman had left her job in Old Town and was driving east on Douglas when her vehicle slammed into the passenger side of a silver Buick coming south on Hydraulic.

The 30-year-old driver of the eastbound car told police she was slowing for the red light on Douglas when it turned green, so she accelerated into the intersection, Nolte said. That’s when the collision occurred.

A 21-year-old woman who was a passenger in the second vehicle was critically injured and taken to Wesley Medical Center. She lost consciousness twice on the way to the hospital, Nolte said.

“There were concerns it would turn into a fatality,” he said. “But the victim is actually improving.

“She is out of ICU and is doing much better. We’re optimistic her injuries won’t be fatal.”

The 27-year-old driver of the southbound Buick told police they had been out for the evening, Nolte said, and investigators think alcohol may have played a part in the collision.