A Wichita teenager died early Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle on I-235 and hitting a bridge pillar.
Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs identified the teen as 17-year-old Santiago Gomez
The KHP report said Gomez was heading southbound on I-235 in northwest Wichita in a 2014 Infiniti four-door vehicle when for reasons not yet known the vehicle left the roadway to the right. Gomez overcorrected and crossed the highway to the inside shoulder, ovecorrected again and lost control of the vehicle, which slid off the highway to the right and struck a bridge pillar, the crash log said.
Gomez was taken to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis where he later died from his injuries, the report said.
A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for Gomez’s funeral arrangements.
Gomez, who also went by “Chago,” was the youngest child of his family and is being remembered for his free spirit, the fundraiser said.
“At this time I’m asking for all family, friends and the community’s support to give Chago the home going he deserves,” the fundraiser said. “I’m also asking for prayers for Rhiannon and DJ as they are dealing with the loss of their youngest child and his siblings as they mourn the loss of their baby brother.”
The fundraiser can be found here. So far it has raised $3,600.