UPDATE: Thursday, September 12, 2013
The driver who was impaled after driving off a bridge in northwest Wichita last week has died.
The crash happened last Wednesday, September 4 on Zoo Boulevard at I-235 when the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe lost control on a turn and went down an embankment. The Tahoe struck a pole on the way down, which came through the windshield and impaled the driver.
According to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Robert Nickelson of Clearwater died yesterday at a Wichita hospital.
Sedgwick County investigators told KAKE News today they are waiting on test results to determine what caused the crash.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A driver was critically injured after plunging off a Zoo Boulevard bridge at Interstate 235, going down an embankment and being impaled.
Emergency crews found the driver trapped in his Tahoe around 12:20 a.m. Sedgwick County Sheriff's Officers think the SUV went around a turn too quickly while exiting the freeway onto Zoo, went over a guardrail and down a bicycle path - approximately 15 feet.
Witnesses heard the crash, called 911 and came to the man's aid.
Rescue crews found the man still in the SUV, impaled by a steel pole from a fence. The pole went through his chest area, and crews had to leave part of it inside him during the trip to the hospital.
The driver has been identified as 31-year-old Robert Nickelson of Clearwater. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, he's still listed in critical condition.
Lt. Jason Gill said high speed and alcohol are being investigated as possible factors in the crash.