Reward Offered After Dying Woman Robbed At Drive-Thru

By: Chris Fisher, Nick Viviani
By: Chris Fisher, Nick Viviani

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- A reward is now being offered in connection to the robbery of a dying woman at a Wichita drive-thru earlier this week.

On Sunday, 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman suffered an aneurysm after she pulled into the parking lot of Taco Bell in the 3700 block of East Harry.

As she lay unconscious in her SUV, someone stole her purse, iPhone and wedding ring. She died at a local hospital the next day.

Earlier this week, children sledding in the area of I-135 and Mt. Vernon found Zimmerman's purse. A credit card and checkbook were still in the purse, but other credit cards, cash, her phone and wedding ring are still missing.

After Zimmerman fell unconscious and hit the speaker box, the restaurant manager looked outside. He saw a man get out of a silver car in front of Zimmerman's SUV, and walk over to her vehicle. The manager then went outside, but the silver car was gone. Police want to speak to this man.

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is now offering a $2,500 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest in the case.

“Since there were several people trying to help Ms. Zimmerman at the time of the incident, we hope they or someone else might have information about the robber,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission. “There is someone out there who can help solve this crime.”

To submit a tip, call (316) 267-2111 or visit Tips can also be submitted by text message to CRIMES (274637), beginning the message with TIP217. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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