Man arrested, charged in fatal 2019 crash in Wichita, Kansas

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A Kansas man has been arrested and charged in a fatal 2019 accident in south Wichita in which the passenger on a motorcycle he drove was killed, records shows.

Travis James Brent Bryson was arrested at his home on Wednesday. He was charged last week on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and operating a vehicle without a proper license, according to Sedgwick County court records. Bryson had his first appearance in court Thursday morning.

Bryson, 31, was released from jail Thursday after posting a $50,000 bond, according to Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Benjamin Blick.

The charges are in connection with a July 21, 2019, fatal crash. The accident happened around 10:34 p.m. on southbound I-135.

Bryson, who lived in Wichita at the time, was driving a 2001 Suzuki when he lost control after hitting a highway wall, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report. A passenger on the motorcycle, 45-year-old Christopher L. Monk of Wichita, was killed when he was ejected from the motorcycle. Bryson and the motorcycle slid for about a quarter-mile before stopping.

Bryson was hospitalized with possible serious injuries, the crash report said.

This story was originally published January 20, 2022 3:36 PM.

Michael Stavola covers breaking news at The Wichita Eagle. He’s won a national and several state awards during his six years of working at newspapers in Kansas. He finished his MBA at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Michael likes to exercise, hunt and spend time with his wife and their dog, Marley.