WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Wichita man has been charged with two deaths related to a crash that was initially reported to have one death. Prosecutors say the woman killed in the collision was pregnant, and they list her fetus as the second victim.
Jerry Lynn Batts, 30, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday afternoon in connection to the crash that happened on Nov. 11, 2019. Police say Batts was driving a Ford Escape and Sierra Frost, 28, was his passenger.
Around 10 p.m., police say the Ford Escape ran a stop sign at 53rd Street North and Charles Street near Meridian and struck a Honda Crosstour. The Escape rolled and crashed into a power pole.
Frost and her unborn baby died. Batts suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Crosstour was not injured.
On Friday, a judge read the charges against Batts. They include two counts of second-degree murder or, in the alternative, involuntary manslaughter.
Batts is also charged with driving while his license is suspended or canceled, a misdemeanor. His next appearance in court will be on April 11. He remains in jail on a $150,000 bond.