Police identify woman killed in motorcycle crash in Old Town

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have identified a woman who died after the motorcycle she and a man were riding crashed into a car in Old Town.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. Sunday at 3rd and Washington. Officer Charley Davidson said the driver of a 2012 Chevy Sonic turned left onto 3rd Street in front of a group of motorcycles that were heading south on Washington. 

A black Harley Davidson struck the front of the Chevy, ejecting the 26-year-old woman and 25-year-old man from the motorcycle. The woman, identified as Sarah Schnake, was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The man, who police say was driving the motorcycle, remained in critical condition Tuesday morning. His name has not been released.

Another motorcycle rider clipped the car, but that person was not injured. 

Police said Sunday that the 26-year-old woman driving the Chevy was also hospitalized, but there was no update on her condition Monday. 

Officer Davidson said impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The case will be presented to the DA's office. 


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Three people were hurt following an accident involving a motorcycle and a car.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. near 3rd Street and Washington Sunday.

Wichita police say a group of motorcycles was traveling south on Washington when a car driving north on Washington cut across traffic, causing the crash.   

The pair on the motorcycle that suffered the most impact, a man and a woman, were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

The woman driving the car was also taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Police say another biker grazed the back of the car but walked away uninjured.

After the crash, several friends of the injured bikers gathered at the scene, leaning on each other through this tough time.

One friend said although it was an accident, they're all pretty shook up.

Wichita police sergeant Trevor McDonald says this is a reminder to always pay attention and look out for other drivers.

"Just being aware of your surroundings and making sure that you're looking out for other drivers,” he stated. “Motorcycles are extremely hard to see sometimes. We need to make sure we pay attention to what's going on."

Police say they're still working to figure out why the car cut across traffic the way it did.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

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