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Police: Damaged car linked to fatal hit-and-run involving horse found in garage

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.

The Grand Marquis linked to a fatal hit-and-run involving a man and boy on horseback last month in Wichita has been found.

Acting on a tip called in to Crime Stoppers, police found the heavily damaged car in a garage in the 2900 block of North Coolidge shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Brent Allred said Thursday.

The car struck a horse being ridden on 21st Street near Piatt at about 10:30 p.m. July 5, police have said. Lloyd Ferguson, 49, was killed in the collision.

Six-year-old Eddie Caddell, who was riding with Ferguson at the time of the collision, was seriously injured and is recovering in a rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Allred praised the anonymous caller whose tip led to the car.

“It’s pretty obvious to us that this was the vehicle,” Allred said of the car.

“I’m pretty confident we would not have located this vehicle” without the Crime Stoppers tip, Allred said. “It’s huge.”

No arrests have been made in the case yet, but Allred said investigators are looking for several people not previously connected to the case.

It appears the car was hidden in that garage after police released a photo of the make and model of the car involved in the collision, Allred said. The force of the impact was intense enough that car parts were left behind at the scene after the vehicle fled.

Investigators used those parts to help identify the car involved.

The block where the car was found is just north of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. It is a narrow, paved street just east of Amidon without curbs and gutters and straddled by a patchwork of residential housing styles.

“I’m pretty confident we’ll get at least one if not more” arrests in the case, Allred said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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