Wichita Suspect Charged After Crash Kills 3

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — A man has been formally charged with murder following a crash that left three people dead and two others hurt.

The crash happened at Maple and Tracy in west Wichita around 2 a.m. Sunday, July 27. Police said the driver of an eastbound Ford Expedition was speeding when he ran a red light and hit a Chevrolet sedan. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, including two passengers who had been ejected from the car.

The driver of the Expedition ran after the crash, and was arrested hours later at a home in the 4400 block of South Victoria.

That suspect, 31-year-old Juan Gandara-Rodel, made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. He's was charged with three counts of second degree murder, or in the alternative, involuntary manslaughter. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond is set at $500,000.

The judge also ordered that he have no contact with anyone on the witness list, including his wife.

His first court appearance was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but was moved back a day because an interpreter wasn't available.

The identities of the victims are below. Memorial funds have been set up for each:

— Zachery Taylor, 26, of Valley Center
Memorial Fund

— Jake Hallacy, 26, of Valley Center
Memorial Fund

— Emily Phillips, 21, of McPherson
Memorial Fund 1
Memorial Fund 2