Police identify woman killed in SW Wichita crash

Published: Dec. 3, 2018 at 5:09 PM CST
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Wichita Police Department identifies a woman killed in in a southwest Wichita crash Monday as 30-year-old Elissa Warns-Branson.

At about 4:50 p.m., police say officers responded to an injury crash at Pawnee and Maize Road. Upon arrival, officers found Warns-Branson trapped in a 2013 gray Hyundai Sonata.

Police say personnel with the Wichita Fire Department removed Warns-Branson from the car. She died at the scene, police say.

An investigation into the crash revealed a red, full-sized 2015 Dodge pickup truck driven by a 55-year-old man was traveling north on Maize Road at a high rate of speed.

"It clipped a 2011 white GMC Sierra truck, which was also traveling northbound," police say. "The Dodge continued northbound on Maize Road and rear-ended the Hyundai which was stopped at the red light at Pawnee and Maize Road."

Police say the collision pushed the Hyundai about about 50 yards to the north and caused the truck to flip onto its roof and slide north on Maize Road before coming to a stop.

The man driving the Dodge was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police say. The driver of the GMC was not hurt.

Police say the investigation into the crash is ongoing, but a possible medical condition impacting the Dodge pickup's driver may have led to the crash.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Wichita police say they believe a medical condition led to a deadly crash Monday evening.

Officers responded to the crash around 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of Pawnee and Maize.

Police found a 30-year-old woman trapped in a gray Hyundai Sonata. Firefighters removed her from the car, but she died at the scene.

Investigators determined a full-size red Dodge truck driven by 55-year-old man was heading north on Maize Road at a high rate of speed, when he clipped another vehicle which was also going north, then rear-ended the red Hyundai. It was pushed 50 yards to the north.

Investigators say the Hyundai was stopped at a red light at the time.

The red truck flipped over onto its top, but the driver only suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the woman's death marks Wichita's 28th vehicle fatality of the year. They did not release her identity.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Wichita Police believe a medical condition may have played a role in a fatal crash Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the crash near Pawnee and Maize Road shortly before 5:00 p.m. Monday.

When they arrived, they found a 30-year-old woman trapped in her vehicle. She was freed from the vehicle, but died at the scene.

Police say a pickup driven by a 55-year-old man was headed north on Maize at a high rate of speed when it clipped another vehicle, which was also going north, then rear-ended the woman's car - which was stopped at a red light at the time.

Her car was pushed around 50 yards north.

The truck then flipped over and landed on its roof.

The driver of that truck suffered non life-threatening injuries. Police believe he may have suffered a medical condition at the time of the crash.

This is the 28th vehicle fatality in Wichita this year.


A woman is dead after a crash in southwest Wichita. The crash, reported a little before 5 p.m. Monday near Pawnee and Maize Road involved a pickup and a car.

Wichita police say a 30-year-old woman died on the scene. She was the car's driver. Police say the pickup rolled several times, but its driver only had minor injuries,

There were no passengers in either vehicle. Police say speed was a factor in the crash between the two vehicles both traveling north on Maize Road before the collision.