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Driver in crash that killed Wichita woman may have had a medical condition, police say

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Update, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5:

Police say a pickup driver’s medical condition may have contributed to a crash with a car that killed a Wichita woman on Monday.

Emergency crews were called to a crash with injuries at Pawnee and Maize at around 4:50 p.m., Officer Charley Davidson said in a release. Firefighters removed a woman trapped inside a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was identified as Elissa Warns-Branson, 30.

Investigators determined that a full-sized 2016 Dodge pickup was northbound on Maize when it clipped a GMC Sierra pickup before rear-ending Warns-Branson’s car, Davidson said.

The Dodge pickup was traveling at “a high rate of speed” when it crashed into the car, which was stopped at a red light, police said. The crash pushed the car 50 yards away and caused the Dodge pickup to flip over.

The 55-year-old man driving the Dodge pickup was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the GMC pickup was not injured.

Police said “a possible medical condition may have caused the 55-year-old male to contribute to the accident.” The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Sedgwick County district attorney.

The death is the 28th traffic fatality of the year in Wichita.

Original story:

One person is dead after a crash in southwest Wichita on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Emergency crews were called to a reported wreck at Pawnee and Maize at around 4:52 p.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wichita police are investigating the crash.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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