(WICHITA, Kan.) — Wichita police say it could take longer to identify the 32-year-old landscaper who was hit by a van last week.
Authorities are using fingerprints to help them, and several agencies are involved.The driver who police say struck a landscaper in Northeast Wichita Friday, then drove home with the man’s body on top of his mini-van, is out of jail on bond.
67-year-old Dr. Mohammad Sarrafizadeh, was booked Friday night on a single count of Failure to Stop at an Injury Accident. The crime is felony under Kansas law because a person was killed.
Wichita police are still trying to identify the victim, but believe he is a Mexican national. Police say they are still uncertain about his identity.
Investigators say they are waiting for blood tests to come back, but don’t believe Sarrafizadeh was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Police say a handicapped adult was with Sarrafizadeh at the time. He then drove back to his house with the man’s body on the roof of the van.
Police believe Sarrafizadeh jumped the curb and left the road when he struck the man. They believe the victim was killed on impact.
"His injuries were such that chances of survival would have been impossible. He sustained massive injuries throughout his whole body," says Lt. Joe Schroeder.
It could be four to five weeks before formal charges are filed.