WICHITA, Kan. -- Police are still searching for a man in connection to a fatal crash over the weekend in north Wichita that left one person dead and three others hurt.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, officers had received a report that 22-year-old Javier S. Rizo, a suspect in a 2007 murder case, was in the Old Town area. When police spotted a van matching the description, they tried to pull it over.
Instead, the driver sped away and led officers on a pursuit. Police said the van reached speeds between 60 and 70 miles per hour, and a supervisor decided to call off the chase although the police helicopter continued to follow.
Two minutes later and about a mile and a half away, a collision was reported near 24th and Arkansas. Police said the van collided with another car in the intersection. Two people in the van, a 22-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, were injured and remain hospitalized.
In the other car, the 34-year-old woman who was driving was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where she later died. She was identified as 34-year-old Maria Martinez. Her 39-year-old husband was a passenger in the car, but was not seriously hurt.
On Wednesday, police said the believe that Rizo was driving the van. He's described as a Hispanic male, about 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and short black hair.
Rizo was already being sought on Sedgwick County warrants for first degree murder, DUI and flee and elude. The murder warrant is in connection to the May 2007 death of Gonzalo Gomez.
Police believe Rizo is being hidden by friends, and say they could also face charges if that is the case.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rizo is asked to call the Wichita Police Department Accident Follow-Up Section at (316) 268-4167, or Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.