Woman who died in multi-vehicle crash near Cheney identified


CHENEY, Kan. (KSNW) – A 30-year-old Wichita woman is dead after a crash in western Sedgwick County according to the Kansas Highway Patrol

The KHP reports the crashes began just before 8 a.m. Monday near 343rd Street West and U.S. 54.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office was working a crash in the eastbound lanes when several other crashes occurred.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating one of those crashes involving a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup and semi. The driver and passenger of the pickup were injured. The passenger was flown with critical injuries to a Wichita hospital.

With traffic backed up in the eastbound lanes, a 2004 Chevy van swerved left to avoid stopped traffic, went through the median and struck a westbound 2012 Ford Escape head-on.

Mendi Cotter (Courtesy: St. Paul University Parish at WSU)

The Kansas Highway Patrol tells KSN that a Wichita woman in the Ford died. She has been identified as Mendi K. Cotter. Cotter was the director of communications at St. Paul University Parish at WSU.

The driver and passenger in the Chevy van were injured.

The westbound and eastbound lanes were closed for several hours after the crash. Traffic was diverted around the crash scene.

Dense fog was reported in the area at the time and could have led to the crashes according to officials.


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