Police ID 4 people killed in east Wichita crash

By  | 

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)-- 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.