WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — More than a year after a crash killed Sonia Lopez of Wichita, investigators have made an arrest in the case. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office booked Gabriel Ortiz, 26, of Oceanside, California, into jail, and he appeared before a judge Wednesday afternoon.

One woman died after this two-vehicle crash at MacArthur and Hoover in southwest Wichita, Sept. 5, 2020. (KSN Photo)

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2020, on MacArthur Road near Hoover Road. Investigators said a Toyota van and an Infinity Q50 sedan were headed in opposite directions when the sedan veered off the road, over-corrected, and hit the van head-on.

At the time, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office told KSN that the drivers of both vehicles and their passengers went to the hospital with serious to critical injuries. Lopez, 55, a passenger in the van, died from her injuries.

This week, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office extradition unit members arrested Ortiz at the San Diego, California County Jail and transported him to the Sedgwick County Jail.

Wednesday afternoon, a judge read the charges against Ortiz:

  • One count of murder in the 2nd degree, unintentional but reckless
  • An alternative count of Involuntary manslaughter, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Two counts aggravated battery, DUI causing great bodily harm/disfigurement
  • One count of aggravated battery, DUI causing bodily harm

Ortiz is being held on a $200,000 bond. His next court appearance will be on Feb. 7.