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Police re-arrest two in fatal car-horse accident at 21st, Piatt

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at 12:52 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.

Two people have been charged with felonies in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that killed a man and seriously injured a boy aboard a horse in early July.

George Childers, 26, was charged in Sedgwick County District Court with two felony counts of failure to stop at an accident and one misdemeanor count of failure to stop at an accident.

Prosecutors allege Childers was driving a silver Mercury Grand Marquis at about 10:30 p.m. July 5 when it struck a horse being ridden by 49-year-old Lloyd Ferguson and 6-year-old Eddie Caddell on 21st Street near Piatt. The driver of the Grand Marquis turned north on Piatt and fled the scene of the collision.

Two witnesses came to the aid of the man and boy. All four were struck by a second vehicle traveling west on 21st about a minute after the first collision.

Ferguson died of his injuries. The boy suffered serious injuries but survived the incident. The two witnesses also were injured but survived.

The horse was euthanized due to injuries in the accident.

Saquaya White, 31, was charged with a felony count of interference with law enforcement. The complaint accuses White of hiding the 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis GS involved in the accident.

The driver of the second car involved in the incident will not face charges, officials have said.

It took nearly a month for police to find the Grand Marquis and make initial arrests in the case. A Crime Stoppers tip led police to a garage in the 2900 block of North Coolidge.

Four suspects were released following their arrest because the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office wanted further investigation conducted in the case, Capt. Brent Allred said. That additional work has now been completed, he said.

The preliminary hearings for Childers and White have been set for Nov. 19. Childers’ bond was set at $25,000 and White’s at $5,000.

Police are still looking for two women in connection with the case, Allred said.

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

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