Jan 26, 2022

Man extradited from California after arrest for deadly Kan. crash

Posted Jan 26, 2022 8:00 PM
Ortiz-photo Sedgwick Co.
Ortiz-photo Sedgwick Co.

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities investigating a fatal September 2020 crash have made an arrest.

On Tuesday, members of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office extradition unit arrested  26-year-old Gabriel Ortiz at the San Diego, CA County Jail and transported him to the Sedgwick County Jail, according to Sheriff's Lt. Benjamin Blick.

Ortiz was booked for a warrant issued in the 18th Judicial District for murder in the second degree, involuntary manslaughter (alternative) and three counts of aggravated battery.  The charges stem from the collision. He is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

On September 5, 2020, an Infinity Q50 SUV crossed the centerline of the roadway at 5600 W MacArthur and struck a Toyota Sienna van head-on. 

The passenger of the Sienna, 55-year-old Sonia Lopez of Wichita, died from injuries sustained during the collision.  Two passengers in the Infinity and the driver of the Sienna sustained serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.