Police seeking details in crash that killed boy, 11

Grief counselors were at West High and Horace Mann Middle School on Monday as staff and students coped with the death of 11-year-old Jordy Vitela Martinez, who was killed 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.

None of the four boys in the van were wearing their seat belts, Wichita police said Monday.

Jordy's 15-year-old brother does not have a driver's license of any kind, Lt. Steve Kenney said.

"No license, no permit," Kenney said.

The family home is in the 200 block of North Charles in the Delano neighborhood. Investigators have been told the brothers didn't have their mother's permission to take the van, Kenney said.

The accident happened nearly three miles from their home, at the intersection of Silver and Skinner in south Wichita. The van was southbound on a gravel portion of Silver, south of Harry and just east of the Arkansas River, when the van struck a curb shortly after 4:45 p.m. and rolled, Kenney said.

Jordy was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Several factors played a role in the accident, Kenney said, among them the driver's inexperience. The van was fish-tailing on the gravel street moments before the crash, but police aren't sure why. "We're still working on that," Kenney said. "We're still very preliminary in the investigation."

Police are still trying to determine when the boys left with the van and what route they took before the crash.

Jordy's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2007 N. Arkansas.

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