Sheriff’s office releases name of teenager who died after crash at 135th and MacArthur

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UPDATE: — The sheriff’s office says 17-year-old Stephanie Valentine of Norwich died at a hospital Tuesday. She was the passenger in a car that crashed with a truck at 135th West and MacArthur Monday.


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said a 17-year-old girl died following a crash west of Wichita on Monday.

A semi and a Chevy Cruze collided at the intersection of MacArthur and 135th Street West, also known as Clearwater Road, around 2:30 p.m.

The girl who was a passenger in the Chevy Cruze was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, she died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the car, a 43-year-old man, is in serious condition. The driver of the semi, a 38-year-old woman, wasn’t injured.

Sedgwick County deputies investigate a crash at MacArthur and 135th Street West, Sept. 27, 2021. (KSN Photo)

While dispatchers initially said the truck driver had minor injuries, the sheriff’s office says the driver was only shaken up and did not need treatment.

Investigators say it appears the driver of the Chevy Cruze failed to stop at the posted stop sign for southbound traffic at the intersection or failed to yield to the crossing semi.

The circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.

Law enforcement officers closed the intersection for several hours as they investigated what happened.

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