An Arkansas City woman died and another person was sent to the hospital after a one-vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning near Maple City.
Tristan Wenke, 23, of Arkansas City was identified as a passenger who was ejected from a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban and died at the scene, according to Cowley Sheriff Dave Falletti.
Wenke was pregnant and her unborn child also died, according to an obituary that appears on Page 5A.
The driver, David Filtingberger, 35, of Sedan was transported in critical condition to South Central Kansas Medical Center and later transferred to Wesley Medical Center, where he remained in stable condition on Monday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
A third occupant, Alyssa Hudson, 35, of Ark City, was wearing her seatbelt and was not transported for injuries, the sheriff’s report states.
Ark City Fire Capt. Paul Hunter said emergency services were activated at 3:55 a.m. for a reported rollover accident with multiple ejections in the 23000 block of 282nd Road.
The vehicle was traveling east on 282nd Road when Filtingberger lost control of the SUV, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, a sheriff’s release states.
Ark City, Dexter fire/EMS and Cowley deputies responded.
Dispatch advised medical units that a pregnant woman was unconscious, with CPR in progress, according to radio records.
The reporting party said the vehicle was about 50 feet off the roadway, and that a male was possibly unconscious.
A medical helicopter out of Ponca City, Okla., was requested, but deteriorating weather conditions made launching questionable and it the trip would take 45 minutes, Hunter said. EagleMed reported it would take an hour of flight time to get there and was canceled.
Emergency services found a single vehicle on its side in a field. They reported one deceased and one in critical condition at 4:20 a.m., according to radio recordings. A third occupant was reported with injuries, but refused treatment.
Wenke’s family has established a gofundme.com page for funeral expenses. Contributions can be made at that site or at the funeral home.
Statements of mourning appeared on Tristan’s Facebook page.
“You were my childhood best friend,” Aaron Dorman said “You never left me stranded or alone. It’s crazy, I still can’t take the realization that you’re really gone. I love you and miss you. You’ll never be forgotten.”