Wichita man arrested in fatal crash that killed teenager


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and involuntary manslaughter after a head-on collision that killed 19-year-old Clayton Patterson of Caldwell.

The crash happened early Saturday around 2:45 a.m. on Kansas Highway 254 in northeastern Sedgwick County.

Jose Rios-Cruz, Jr. (Photo Courtesy Sedgwick County Jail)

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Lt. Benjamin Blick says Jose Rios-Cruz, Jr. was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of the highway when he collided with a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Patterson. Patterson died after the collision.

Rios-Cruz is being held in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

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