Update: Teen dies from injuries in crash near W. Wichita involving semi

A teen suffered critical injuries in a Sept. 27 crash just west of Wichita, in Sedgwick County.
A teen suffered critical injuries in a Sept. 27 crash just west of Wichita, in Sedgwick County.(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 6:10 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Sept. 29: The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Stephanie Valentine from Norwich.

Update 1:22 p.m. Sept. 28 - The 17-year-old passenger in the Chevy Cruze has died. Her name will be released on Wednesday morning.

Update, Sept. 28: The semi, driven by a 38-year-old woman, struck a southbound Chevy Cruze driven by a 43-year-old man. A 17-year-old girl was a passenger in the Cruze. The driver and passenger of the Cruze were transported by EMS to a local hospital. The driver had serious injuries and the passenger suffered critical injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured.

At this time it appears the driver of the 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.

A teen suffered critical injuries in a Monday afternoon crash involving a compact car and a semi near MacArthur and South 135th Street West, west of Wichita. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said the teen was a passenger in the car. The car’s driver, a man in his 50s, suffered serious injuries, the sheriff’s office said. The semi driver was not seriously injured.

As of about 4:30 p.m. Monday, investigators remained on the scene, working to piece together what led up to the crash. A sergeant with the sheriff’s office said in the early investigation, it did not appear that speed or alcohol were factors.

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