WICHITA, Kan. -- Police believe a medical condition may have led to a crash that killed four people and seriously injured a fifth in east Wichita Saturday night.
The crash happened around 7:35 p.m. Saturday on Kellogg near Oliver. According to police, four women hired a designated driver through Triple B's Express after an afternoon of celebrating St. Patrick's Day weekend. Officers believe the driver suffered a medical condition during the trip and lost control of the Ford Escape.
Police say two passengers tried to steer the SUV, and likely saved the lives of those in another nearby vehicle. The vehicle then crossed all lanes of traffic and crashed into the concrete walkway on the bridge over Kellogg.
One of the passengers was ejected in the crash. A Wichita police officer and a witness were able to pull her away from the burning SUV. The 34-year-old woman is hospitalized, but her name has not been released.
The other three passengers and the driver were killed. Police believe they died on impact. They've been identified as:
-Andrew Montgomery, 39, of Wichita
-Jessica Metzger, 26, active duty Air Force
-Sara Smith, 23, of Wichita
-Victoria Dougherty, 26, of Wichita
Again, police believe the driver suffered a medical condition, but a toxicology report is underway to confirm.
Police said even though the driver and front seat passenger were wearing their seat belts, they don't believe the crash was survivable.
The condition of the injured woman has improved, but officers say they have been unable to speak to her yet.
According to family, Sara Smith's father died from cancer two days before the crash. Now they're trying to raise enough money for two funerals and have set up an account for donations. For more information or to donate, click here.
So far this year in Wichita, there have been 10 fatalities in 7 crashes.
Several bouquets of flowers now blow in the wind where a fiery crash occurred Saturday night that left four dead and another injured.
Friends and family of some of the victims spoke with KAKE News and shared more about what they say were the circumstances leading up to the crash.
They say four women had hired a designated driver service after an afternoon of celebrating St. Patrick's Day weekend.
They say three of those women, along with the driver, died in the crash. The fourth woman was pulled from the burning car by a Wichita Police officer.
Police did not release their names Sunday pending notification of family members.
Among those killed, a popular bartender for the Wichita bar Our Fantasy Complex.
Family members who visited the crash scene Sunday say another of those killed had just lost her father earlier this week. The sister of Sara Smith told us by phone that her family is struggling with two tragic losses in one week and having to cover the costs of two burials.
"Sara was a beautiful free spirit and the life of our family. She was two months shy of graduation from WSU as a Dental Hygienist," she wrote on a donation page set up for the family. "Sara was such a loving wonderful person, she would do anything for anyone, and was the glue of the family during tough times."
Members of the softball community also are suffering the loss. They say one of the other women killed was a mother of a young child. They are working to organize a memorial tournament in her honor.
Police declined to provide any new information Sunday. They are expected to release more information Monday morning at their regularly-scheduled briefing.
Four people are dead and a woman is in critical condition following a fiery crash Saturday evening in east Wichita.
It happened around 7:40 p.m. on Oliver at Kellogg. Wichita police say witnesses saw a dark-colored Ford Escape traveling at a high speed when it crossed all lanes of traffic and crashed into the concrete walkway on the bridge over Kellogg. The SUV came to rest on its nose, leaning up against the concrete walkway.
The SUV then caught on fire. An officer was able to pull an injured woman from the burning vehicle. She was taken in extremely critical condition to Wesley Medical Center. The woman, who is in her 30s, was in surgery late Saturday night and remained in extremely critical condition early Sunday morning, Sgt. John Ryan said.
The other four people were pronounced dead at the scene. They are mostly from the Wichita area and range in age from 20 to 40, Sgt. Ryan said. Witnesses had previously told KAKE News at the scene they thought they had seen children in the vehicle.
At a media briefing around 9 p.m. Saturday night, Sgt. Bart Brunscheen said that two, possibly three people had died in the crash. He said due to the fire and the condition of the SUV, it was hard to tell. He said they were waiting on the coroner to arrive to make the determination of how many people were deceased inside the car.
KAKE News confirmed shortly after 10:30 p.m. with dispatchers that four people had been killed.
Police say speed appears to be a factor, but the crash remains under investigation.
Police have not released the names of any of those killed pending notification of family members.