2 dead, 4 injured in downtown Wichita crash

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Police tell KSN that a 12-year-old girl and 70-year-old woman died after a multi-car crash in downtown Wichita.

Wichita police now say the girl and woman were in the same car; police originally thought the girl was a pedestrian. Captain Jeff Weible says one person is in critical condition, and another is in serious. Police said two suspects are in serious condition in the hospital, accused of causing the crash with the allegedly stolen vehicle.

It happened just before 2 p.m. at Douglas Avenue and South Broadway.

The crash spawned from a car chase, when officers saw an alleged stolen vehicle at the 1000 block of North Broadway.

“As they were trying to turn around to follow the vehicle, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed,” said Capt. Jeff Weible with the Wichita Police Department. 

Some people who work nearby said they keep replaying the scene in their mind.

Legend Journey works inside a building right next to where the crash happened. She was emotional as she recalled what she saw. 

“I just walked up to the window and I saw her feet,” said Legend Journey, who works downtown. “So, I ran away from the window. Just to know that it was right outside where I work and they wanted us to keep working.”

Police are still trying to determine what direction the other vehicles were traveling. 

“When we have an incident of this magnitude, we’re going to review it thoroughly to make sure we not only follow policy, but state law,” said Capt. Weible. 

While witnesses said they’re thinking of the families involved, they said they’re also trying to process what they saw.

“It shouldn’t have happened,” said Journey. “It kind of makes me angry because is stealing a car really worth two people’s lives?”

The areas from Topeka to Market on Douglas and from William to 1st Street on Broadway were shut down for several hours. 

We are continuing to follow these developments. Stay with KSN as we work to learn more.

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