Pregnant woman injured in southwest Wichita collision dies

A 21-year-old woman who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy died early Wednesday morning from injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision a few hours earlier in southwest Wichita, police said.

Trevadawn Pauley was pronounced dead at 1:09 a.m. Wednesday at Wesley Medical Center, Sgt. Travis Rakestraw said. Doctors delivered a baby girl who was in her seventh month of development prior to her mother’s death.

The baby is in critical condition at Wesley, Rakestraw said, but he did not know whether it was because she was born prematurely or because of injuries sustained in the collision.

Pauley was a passenger in a silver Mercury sedan that was traveling north on Meridian when the driver turned left at Esthner just after 8:30 p.m., Rakestraw said. The Mercury was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder SUV heading south on Meridian.

The three people in the SUV – a 25-year-old man who was driving, a 46-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man – were all taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for treatment and were admitted.

Three others in the Mercury – a 21-year-old man who was driving, a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy – were also taken to St. Francis. The teen is in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Rakestraw said police do not think alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Investigators would like to talk to the occupants of a small blue pickup “who could have witnessed the accident,” he said.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call investigators at 316-268-4518.

Pauley’s death raises the number of traffic fatalities in Wichita this year to 21 from 15 crashes, Rakestraw said.

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