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Police Chase Called off Before Fatal Wichita Crash

Associated Press - October 29, 2013 10:40 am

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Wichita police say officers ended a chase two minutes before a fleeing motorist was involved in a fatal collision.

Officials said Monday that the pursuit ended just after 2 a.m. Sunday after speeds reached 60 to 70 mph. The Wichita Eagle reports that the driver of the fleeing van then ran a stop sign and slammed into a car.

Capt. Brent Allred says the car’s driver, 34-year-old Maria Martinez, was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her husband was a passenger, and he was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Two people in the van also were hospitalized.

Allred says one of the people in the van has an outstanding warrant linked to an unsolved 2007 homicide.

Fuchs Mi

October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

To bad for the people in the car but things like this happen. Probably did not matter to the driver of the van that the cops called off the chase considering what they are wanted for.

Fred Hanson

October 30, 2013 at 8:29 am

Just another case of people who should be behind bars out on our streets killing and injuring innocent people to evade getting caught.

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