Police make arrest after fatal street racing crash in northeast Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police have located and arrested a 19-year-old suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run car accident that happened early Friday morning.

Wichita police say street racing caused a fatal crash that happened around 3 a.m. near 29th and Woodlawn.

When officers arrived, they found a vehicle that had slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

“It’s quite a mess out there, we’re still like I said, they’re still processing it. It did hit several trees, knocking the trees down and uprooting them,” said Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita Police Department.

The 23-year-old man in the car died and an 18-year-old woman survived and went for help. She’s now in the hospital.

“Some time during race, the vehicles touched, bumped or hit each other sending the victim’s car out of control and killing the victim,” added Lt. Ojile.

The owner of the other car involved in the street race called police to report damage to his car.

Police say the man had loaned the car to his daughter, who loaned it to her 19-year-old boyfriend. They say he could face a number of charges including homicide.

Police say the suspect is expected to be booked into the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility, but the charges are pending as the case is being presented to the district attorney. More information is expected to be presented on Monday.

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