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Wichita teenager hurt while pushing broken-down minivan on K-42

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 5:55 p.m.

A Wichita teen remains in critical condition after a minivan crashed into the vehicle she and others were pushing near Viola late Friday night.

The 17-year-old girl was one of three people pushing a broken-down 1996 Ford minivan westbound on K-42 when a second minivan struck its rear, the Kansas Highway Patrol said in an accident report. Another 17-year-old — a Goddard girl — who was steering the Ford minivan also suffered possible injuries in the crash. Both girls were taken to Wichita hospitals for treatment.

The accident happened at 11:45 p.m. at K-42 mile marker 70. Two others pushing the van — a boy, 15, and 22-year-old Devon A. Gile, both of Viola — were not hurt in the collision, according to the highway patrol.

Richard A. Boese, 43, of Harper, was driving a1999 Plymouth minivan westbound on K-42 when he hit the Ford minivan, the KHP said. He and his passenger — 42-year-old Tonya Boese of David City, Neb. — also suffered possible injuries in the crash, but were not transported for treatment.

The Wichita teen was listed in critical condition at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, house supervisor said Saturday afternoon. The other teen was treated and released from Wesley Medical Center.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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