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17-year-old student at Northwest High dies in crash outside Bishop Carroll, police say

Update, Tuesday morning:

Police said the teen who died was 17-year-old Dominick Sublett. He was in the passenger seat.

Original:

One Northwest High School student died and two other students were seriously injured in a crash outside Bishop Carroll on Monday, police said.

The students were off campus for lunch when the crash happened, Wichita Public Schools spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

“It is with great sadness that I share with you that one of our Northwest students passed away this afternoon in a car accident,” Principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman said in a message to Northwest families. “Two other Northwest students were badly hurt in the accident as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students’ families.

Emergency crews were called at around 12:54 p.m. to an injury accident on Central at Socora, just outside the entrance to Bishop Carroll.

A gold Mercury Mountaineer was eastbound on Central as a silver Honda two-door car was westbound. The 85-year-old man driving the gold SUV turned left to head north on Socora opposite the entrance into Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s parking lot. As the SUV turned, it collided with the car, said Wichita Police Department spokesman Officer Charley Davidson.

A 17-year-old boy who was a front seat passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene, Davidson said. A 16-year-old boy driving the car and a 16-year-old girl riding in the back seat were taken to a hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. All three teenagers were students at Northwest High School.

The 85-year-old man driving the SUV was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Police have not determined who had the right-of-way, and the investigation is ongoing, Davidson said.

Hofer-Holdeman said counselors would be available at school on Tuesday “if anyone would like to talk. When a tragic death occurs, it often helps a young person to talk about it. Sometimes a little extra time spent talking can help us all deal with the pain that accompanies a tragic death.”

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