Oct 20, 2021 6:00 AM

Kan. woman charged in fatal crash to make unscheduled court appearance

Posted Oct 20, 2021 6:00 AM
First responders on the scene of the fatal 2019 crash -photo courtesy KWCH
First responders on the scene of the fatal 2019 crash -photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY —A Kansas woman involved in a double-fatal crash during a police chase in a stolen SUV will make an unscheduled court appearance Wednesday, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

In May of 2019, police reported then 24-year-old Mia Collins led officers on a chase in a stolen BMW sport utility vehicle. After about on mile, the car collided with a car and another SUV at an intersection.

The crash killed 70-year-old Maria Wood and 12-year-old Rosemary McElroy and critically injured 36-year-old Jenny Wood, a popular Wichita musician known for performing with children. She is Wood’s daughter and McElroy’s aunt.

Collins photo Sedgwick County
Collins photo Sedgwick County

 Collins was on probation for stealing a handgun at the time of the crash. A passenger in her car, 38-year-old Christopher English, was on parole. They were not seriously injured in the crash.

She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and numerous other charges. The trial is scheduled to begin in October.

Check the Post for additional details on the hearing as it becomes available.

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