WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Charge documents from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office provide new information about a 27-year-old woman arrested for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery after a high-speed accident last fall east of Wichita. A probable cause affidavit explaining the case against Paloma Bella Adame said she told investigators she was attempting to commit suicide when she and she crashed her 2021 Kia Sportage near Kellogg and 143rd Streets. Adame’s 5-year-old daughter was a passenger in the SUV.
Officers arrested Adame on January 12 in connection with the incident.
The Oct. 23 crash involved eight vehicles and left at least seven people injured, including Adame’s daughter who suffered a broken leg. The affidavit cited Adame’s vehicle data which recorded the SUV reaching a speed of 180 km/h five seconds before the initial impact.
“Engine throttle was at 98% and accelerator pedal was at 99%,” the affidavit said. “There was no brake activity at this time and no steering input at this time.”
A toxicology report after the crash showed that Adame had encountered THC in his system at the time of the crash. The affidavit includes accounts from several witnesses of the crash, as well as additional information from Wichita police officers and medical first responders who treated Adame and his daughter after the crash.