WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police have released the name of the Northwest High student who died in a crash Monday afternoon. They say the victim is 17-year-old Dominick Sublett.
They also said they are looking into whether one of the vehicles was speeding.
The accident happened just before 1 p.m. at Central and Socora Street in front of Bishop Carroll High School.
Three other people were injured.
Police say an 83-year-old man was driving an SUV east on Central and was turning north onto Socora. A 16-year-old boy was driving a car west on Central. There were two other teens in the car.
The two vehicles collided at the intersection.
Sublett died. The 16-year-old driver and a 16-year-old girl in the backseat have serious injuries. All three are from Northwest High.
The 83-year-old man has minor injuries.
Police are still investigating the crash.
“Speed is being investigated as a potential factor in this incident, accident, at this time,” said Officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.
When he was asked which vehicle the investigation is focusing on, he indicated the teenager’s car.
One woman who knew the victim over the years through sports program says her heart is broken for the family.
“Keeping someone’s memory in your heart will do a lot for coping with his absence,” says Jill Robinson.
The principal at Northwest sent a message to Northwest High families:
It is with great sadness that I share with you that one of our Northwest students passed away this afternoon in a car accident. Two other Northwest students were badly hurt in the accident as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students’ families.”Principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman, Northwest High School
The principal goes on to say that counselors will be available at the school Tuesday for anyone who would like to talk.
When a tragic death occurs, it often helps a young person to talk about it. Sometimes a little extra time spent talking can help us all deal with the pain that accompanies a tragic death.”Principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman, Northwest High School
Police said there have been 23 fatalities from crashes this year in Wichita.
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