Local musician Jenny Wood hospitalized after Sunday crash


Ella Dominguez

Jenny Wood, lead vocalist for Team Tremolo, serenades the crowd during their set at The Cotillion on Saturday, January 12.

Local musician Jenny Wood was hospitalized with critical injuries Sunday after a wreck on Douglas and Broadway. The crash killed her mother and niece who were also in the car with her.

Wood studied music theatre at Wichita State for two-and-a-half years but left to pursue her music career in Los Angeles and later Nashville.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Wood was in a Toyota Camry that was driven by her mother, 70-year-old Maria Wood. Twelve-year-old Rosemary McElroy was in the backseat when an SUV that was reported stolen T-boned their car a little before 2 p.m.

According to the crash report by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the car was fleeing Wichita police going south on Broadway. It then hit the Camry going down Douglas, spun out, and hit another vehicle.

The three-car crash killed two and injured four.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Jenny was taken off breathing support but still remains in the ICU, according to her Facebook page.

Another update on her Facebook page early Tuesday afternoon said, “Jenny is continuing to show signs of improvement, but as she becomes a little more coherent, she is experiencing more pain and awareness of her condition.”

Friends and family have flooded social media supporting Wood. Multiple fundraisers have surfaced to benefit Jenny and to cover funeral costs for her mother and niece.

Along with fundraisers, multiple benefit shows have been planned. “Jenny Woodstock” is planned for May 25 and will feature local artists such as The Cavves and After Judo. Another benefit was announced Tuesday afternoon that will take place at Wave on June 16. Yet another benefit is planned at Mort’s Martini Bar for May 19.