Crime & Courts

Murder suspect in woman’s death being held on $150,000 bond

Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by a maroon Ford Explorer shortly after 9 p.m. in this backyard at 2401 S. Pattie, near Pawnee and Hydraulic.(May 18, 2015)
Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by a maroon Ford Explorer shortly after 9 p.m. in this backyard at 2401 S. Pattie, near Pawnee and Hydraulic.(May 18, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Detectives are likely to present evidence in Wichita’s latest homicide to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.

Lydia Treto, 31, was struck and killed by a person who drove her Ford Explorer through a fence and into the backyard after an argument at a party Sunday night, witnesses told police. Records show Tiplance Marie Walker, 30, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder early Monday morning and is being held on $150,000 bond.

Police on Monday said Treto and an acquaintance got into an argument at a small party Treto was hosting at her house on the corner of Pawnee and Pattie on Sunday night. The argument became physical, prompting Treto to ask the woman to leave.

The woman took her two young children and got into her Ford Explorer, police said. Treto and a male friend walked out of the house into the back yard through a side door. Witnesses said the driver of the Ford Explorer then drove the vehicle through the fence, striking Treto. She died at the scene.

Investigators were given the name of the driver and located her about two hours later in the 4000 block of East Cessna in the Planeview neighborhood, police said. The maroon Ford Explorer was also located and impounded as evidence.

The two children, who are 4 months old and 10 years old, have been placed in protective custody by police.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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