Teenager dies in overnight accident


Friends share memories of a teenager who crashed her car into The Arkansas River overnight.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Lexus Lemuz was driving east on K-96 when she hit a guardrail and vaulted into the river.

Troopers removed the car from the scene where she died and it's an incident her two best friends say they can't talk about yet.

"I was the second person to find out actually. I said this is not real, not happening right now," says Braedyn Rollins.

Rollins remembers the last conversation she had with Lexus, when she sent her a text Tuesday telling her she missed her.

"She texted back a few minutes later, and she said hi I miss you more. That's the last thing we said."

It's a message she'll never forget.

"Honestly I think that's probably a good thing to end on. I probably would have texted her back and said i love you, but i just kind of left it at that."

Ayleigh Henderson says Lexus became her best friend in sixth grade.

"She is the most outgoing person I've ever met in my life. you can put her in a room with anyone in the world, and they'll become best friends in ten minutes. she's never scared to talk to anyone. she speaks her mind. she was just a very good person," says Henderson.

She's thankful for the memories but says she's sad she won't see her best friend again.

"Talking to her everyday, her being there for everything for me, coming home from college and her being the only thing I'm excited to see. It's going to be different."

Troopers say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were involved. We do know she was not wearing a seat belt.

UPDATE Sunday 1:00 p.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol releases the name of a victim in a deadly crash into the Arkansas River.

According to crash logs stored on KHP's website, Lexus Lemuz, 18 of Wichita, died after her car ran off the road and vaulted into an embankment.

She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Lemuz was driving a 2009 Ford Fusion; authorities say they do not know what caused her vehicle to leave the highway.

KHP says the car was going eastbound on K-96 when the car went to the left, struck a guardrail and continued into the ditch.

Lemuz was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say they are unsure about when the accident occurred, but say it was sometime overnight.


UPDATE Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say a vehicle drove off the highway for an unknown reason and landed in the Arkansas River.

The car was going eastbound on K-96 near I-235 at the time of the incident which crews believe happened overnight Saturday into Sunday. The driver of the car was found dead inside the vehicle Sunday morning.

Authorities do not know if drugs or alcohol were involved at this time. KHP has also not released the name of the victim.

The vehicle was towed away Sunday morning for investigation.

Kansas Highway Patrol, Wichita Police, and Sedgwick County Fire all responded to the crash.


Sedgwick County Dispatch says fire crews are on the scene of a fatal vehicle submersion near K-96 and N. West St.

Our crew is headed to the scene to gather more information. We will update this article once we learn more.