Accident Kills Prominent Wichita Couple

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Monday, February 4, 2013

Randy Storms was a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair, but that didn't stop him and his wife Suzy.

"Randy and Suzy had the ability to see into people and see brokenness," said friend Jennifer Shively. "Instead of looking at people, they saw into them."

The Storms worked closely with youth groups, like Young Life, around the county, sharing their faith. At Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Randy and Suzy ran the 2:42 young adult ministry program.

But Sunday afternoon, the couple who lived together through so much, died together. Police say Randy must have suffered a medical condition. The car veered off Central and rolled into this culvert killing them both.

"You long to have more conversations with him, and learn more from him," said Associate Pastor at Eastminster, Paul Bammel. "He pointed us to the hope of Jesus Christ."

Friends of the Storms have set up a memorial wall at Harvest Bread Company at Central and Woodlawn, where anyone can post their thoughts, memories and pictures.

"The reason they did what they did, we celebrate where they are today and the fact that they will never have to spend a day apart, is a celebration," said Shively.

"It's very healing for people to have an outlet to express their impact," she said, "To his children and grandchildren, it's the legacy he has left for them."

Services are pending.


Wichita Police said a local couple was killed in a traffic accident in East Wichita Sunday. The accident happened on Central, between Woodlawn and Edgemoor.

Police said the accident killed Randall Storms, 56, and his wife Sue Storms, 59. Police believe Randall Storms suffered some type of medical problem which led to the crash. Randall Storms used a wheelchair. The van he was driving was modified for him. Storms' service dog was also killed in the crash.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Central, between Edgemoor and Woodlawn has been reopened to traffic following Sunday's fatal accident. Phill White will have a report coming up at 5:30.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wichita Police believe a heart attack or some sort of medical issue lead to a fatal accident Sunday afternoon in east Wichita.

It happened at Central and Brookside between Edgemoor and Woodlawn. Witnesses tell police they say the eastbound vehicle cross the center line, go over a curb into a parking lot on the north side of central and into a ditch.

A man in his mid-to-late 50's died inside of the vehicle. A woman in her late 40's to early 50's was ejected. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.

A dog inside of the car also died. Police are still investigating and no names have been released.

KAKE's Phil White will have a live report from the scene at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Two people are dead following a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in east Wichita. It happened at Central and Brookside between Edgemoor and Woodlawn around 3 o'clock.

911 dispatch traffic indicates a vehicle may have rolled into a culvert and two people inside of the vehicle were killed at the scene. The accident is still in the early stages of the investigation and no other details have been released.

KAKE News has a crew on scene and we will have more information as soon as it becomes available. For now, Central has been closed to traffic.

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