Investigators believe speed primary factor in fatal rush hour crash
A 19-year-old Wichita man is dead after the car he was driving left the road, struck a tree and overturned.
The fatal crash was discovered by a passerby around sunrise on 13th and Forestview St., just east of 135th Street West. The man was alone at the time of the accident. Investigators believe speed played a primary role in the crash. Tire tracks in the grass and street marked the path of the accident.
A Wichita Police Deparment news release indicated the preliminary investigation shows the black Mazda Speed 3 four-door was traveling west on 13th Street when the driver drifted off the right side of the roadway just west of Forestview and attempted to gain control of the vehicle.
It is believed the driver overcorrected and crossed 13th, where the car became airborne as it left the roadway on the other side of the street. The vehicle landed in a drainage culvert, then rolled onto its side where it struck a set of trees and came to rest near a community swimming pool.
Investigators will wait for toxicology reports before determining if there was any impairment on the driver. Traffic was blocked from Liberty to 135th on 13th Street by police until the car was removed from the accident scene. So far, the man's name has not yet been released.