Crime & Courts

Teen pleads guilty in crash that killed student

A teenager charged in a traffic accident that killed a Southeast High School student in February faces sentencing next month after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

The 16-year-old entered a plea Tuesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter and six counts of aggravated battery in the Feb. 25 crash that killed Yadira Villa.

The boy, a freshman at the time of the crash, is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 19 in Sedgwick County Juvenile Court. He was originally charged with second-degree murder. He was driving the car in which Villa was riding as a passenger.

Wichita police said an argument between rival gangs resulted in a chase between two carloads of teens. An SUV tried to run the car Villa was riding in off the road, police said.

The car ran into a tree near Lincoln and Fabrique. When Villa tried to exit the car, police said, the driver pulled away, knocking the girl to the ground and running over her.

The driver of the SUV, a sophomore, was also charged in the case with involuntary manslaughter.

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