Wichita police hope witnesses will help them piece together the circumstances of a violent, high-speed crash that killed a 24-year-old man early Monday morning.
A passing motorist spotted the wreckage of a Honda Accord in the 2500 block of North Broadway shortly after 2:30 a.m. Monday.
"It was a bad accident," Lt. Gavin Seiler said. "The car was torn in two."
The back half of the Accord was wrapped around a utility pole near a bridge on Broadway, police said. The front half of the car was found by authorities in a culvert at the bottom of a ravine next to the street.
The driver was also found in the ravine, and he was dead at the scene. Traffic investigators determined the car was southbound on Broadway when the car drifted and struck a curb, police said.
The driver over-corrected, sending the Accord skidding sideways about 75 yards. The vehicle struck the utility pole on the driver's side.
Speed is a likely factor in the crash, but Seiler would not release estimates of how fast the vehicle was traveling.
He also would not say whether alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash.
The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Because of the extensive damage caused in the crash, police do not know whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt.
Investigators would like anyone who witnessed the crash to call 316-268-4131.