Crime & Courts

Woman charged with murder in death of 31-year-old hit by SUV in Wichita backyard

Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by a maroon Ford Explorer shortly after 9 p.m. in this backyard near Pawnee and Hydraulic.
Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by a maroon Ford Explorer shortly after 9 p.m. in this backyard near Pawnee and Hydraulic. The Wichita Eagle

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a woman with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of a 31-year-old woman who was struck by an SUV driven into a south Wichita backyard following an argument at a party.

Tiplance Marie Walker, 30, had her first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Thursday to hear the charges against her. She is being held on a $150,000 bond.

Walker also is facing three misdemeanor counts of endangering three children, ages 4 months, 4 and 10, said Georgia Cole, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

Walker faces a June 4 preliminary hearing, but that is likely to be rescheduled.

Wichita police said that Lydia Treto, 31, was struck and killed by a person who drove a Ford Explorer through a fence and into the backyard Sunday night. Treto and an acquaintance were arguing at a party at Treto’s house, at Pawnee and Pattie, police said. The argument became physical, and Treto asked the woman to leave, police said.

The woman took her two young children and got into her Ford Explorer, and when Treto and a friend stepped into the backyard, witnesses saw the Ford Explorer go through the fence and hit Treto, who died at the scene, police said.

The driver’s children, 4 months and 10 years old, were put in protective custody.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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