Car hits East High graduate as he leaves commencement

A Wichita student who had just graduated from high school was hit by a car and injured as he was leaving the Wichita State University campus Sunday.

The 18-year-old man, who graduated from East High School, was struck by a southbound car at about 9 p.m. Sunday as he stepped out into traffic at the crosswalk on the south side of 21st and Hillside, Lt. Dan East said. East’s graduation ceremonies were held at Wichita State on Sunday night.

The silver Chevy Impala was traveling in the inside lane of Hillside at the time of the collision, according to a police report. The student was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of lacerations to his head, East said. The wounds required a few staples to close.

“We are sad that we had a student hit by a car when the night was supposed to be a celebration for him and his family,” USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman said in an e-mail response to questions. “Whether they are kindergarteners or graduates, we always want our students to take safety precautions.”

The 26-year-old driver of the Impala was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, East said.