Wichita man convicted in fatal crash

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A jury in central Kansas has found a Wichita man guilty of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence for a crash that killed a passenger in his car.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/10FrK1n ) 38-year-old Joseph D. Chavez II was convicted Thursday in Saline County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

The accident happened in June 2012 on Interstate 135 near Bridgeport. Authorities said Chavez lost control of his car, which rolled several times. Thirty-eight-year-old Eddie John Sawyer Groff, also of Wichita, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Besides the manslaughter charge, the jury also convicted Chavez of driving with a suspended license, driving too fast for conditions and having an open container of alcohol.

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