Woman charged with murder in crash that injured local musician, killed mother and niece

Published: May. 8, 2019 at 10:26 AM CDT
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A woman accused of fleeing from Wichita police then causing a deadly crash in downtown last month appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Mia Collins was officially charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the crash that injured local musician Jenny Wood and killed her mother and niece.

Collins was still in a wheelchair as she appeared on closed-circuit TV in a Sedgwick County courtroom.

She faces nine counts in all including the murder charges. Collins also faces three counts of aggravated battery, reckless driving and fleeing from police.

A man who was in a third vehicle involved in the crash has since been treated and released. A man who was in Collins' vehicle at the time of the crash remains hospitalized.

Collins' bond is set at $500,000.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has arrested 24-year-old Mia Collins of Wichita on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated battery, driving with a suspended license and hit and run.

The charges stem from the fatal accident on Sunday that killed 70-year old Maria Wood and her 12-year-old granddaughter, Rosemary McElroy.

The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

The Kansas Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation of the crash scene to provide transparency and avoid conflicts of interest.

The WPD offers its thoughts and prayers to everyone affected in this tragic incident.

The case number is 19C027490.

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