Classic car blamed for fatal crash in North Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas -- Family and friends are remembering a Wichita man who was killed after his classic convertible crashed into a house in North Wichita.

It happened in the 1700 block of West Nottingham shortly before 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

Gene Dick, 84 and his friend wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather on Wednesday.

Both men took their classic cars out for a test drive, but that drive was cut short for the 84-year-old.

Dick’s car crashed into a home less than a block from where he started.

Dick’s friend was driving behind him when he noticed that car accelerating, leaving the street, and crashing.

Dick’s wife Jeanette Dick tells KSN News her husband was a car enthusiast and had been working to restore the 1941 Packard.

Early investigation shows the crash may have been caused by a mechanical problem.

Family says they’re not sure what triggered the crash, but know that Gene loved working on automobiles.

“We belonged to the car club in town,”  said Jeanette Dick, wife. “We weren’t really active members because he had some really bad health in the last couple of years.  In and out of hospitals. He had a couple of strokes.”

At this time family are still waiting on autopsy results.

Investigators say no one was home when the car crashed into it.

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