Jun 06, 2023

Stunt rider accused in Kan. woman's death, jailed again for stunt riding

Posted Jun 06, 2023 2:00 PM
Faimon-photo Sedgwick Co.
Faimon-photo Sedgwick Co.

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas man on new allegations as part of a Stunt Rider Project investigation.

The Wichita Police Department (WPD) has arrested 21-year-old Chase Faimon of Valley Center on requested charges of felony racing on highways and racing and sideshow, stemming from a Stunt Rider Project investigation, according to Officer Juan Rebolledo.

On May 27, the Wichita Police Department Traffic Unit witnessed 21-year-old Chase Faimon of Valley Center riding his motorcycle west on Waterman in Wichita doing a wheelie. Officers cautiously followed Faimon to the parking garage of Gander Mountain, contacted him, and placed him under arrest.

During the investigation, officers learned that Faimon had previously been charged with murder in the 2nd degree after hitting a pedestrian with his motorcycle.

Photo Wichita Police
Photo Wichita Police

In that case, Faimon was doing a wheelie down Broadway when he struck the pedestrian identified as 48-year-old Kristine Sheffield and killed her.

Officers impounded the motorcycle that Faimon was riding.

In the 7 days that the project has been conducted so far, 18 people have been arrested for stunt driving and other charges, 17 vehicles have been impounded, and 2 guns have been recovered.


SEDGWICK COUNTY —A Kansas man accused in a fatal hit-and-run accident was charged Wednesday in connection with the February 20, death of death of Kristine Sheffield.

Chase Faimon, 21 of Valley Center, was charged with felony 1st degree murder or in the alternative 2nd degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident. He was also charged with the misdemeanors that include three counts of operate a motor vehicle without proper license, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, and two counts of expired tag or registration, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

"Cases can be charged alternatively if there are two or more theories of how the crime was committed. Each charge can be presented to a jury and a defendant may be convicted of more than one of the alternative charges.  However, the defendant can only be sentenced for one of the alternative counts, that being the most severe offense," according to the district attorney.

Just after 7 p.m. Feb. 20, police responded to the intersection of 11th Street North and Broadway for an injury hit-and-run collision, according to Officer Juan Rebolledo.

First responders located 48-year-old Sheffield in the street unresponsive. EMS transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

During the investigation, officers learned Sheffield was struck by a black dirt bike while crossing the street. After the collision, the driver of the motorcycle left the scene northbound on Broadway. Chase Faimon, 21, Valley Center turned himself in after police released security camera images of him on a motorcycle, according to Rebolledo.