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Wichita police seeking Saab in hit-and-run that critically hurt 2 brothers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.

Wichita police are seeking the public’s help in finding a driver whose Saab struck and critically injured two Wichita brothers walking on 12th Street at about 12:25 a.m. on Saturday.

The two men, who are 38 and 39, are expected to survive and are in stable condition at a hospital, Wichita police Lt. Joe Schroeder said Monday. Their injuries include head and severe leg injuries, he said.

Investigators have determined from debris left at the scene and from an eyewitness that the vehicle is possibly a four-door 2001 Saab 9-5 that is dark gray or black, Schroeder said. The debris indicates the sedan has damage to the headlight areas and the windshield, he said. The car had plastic covering a rear passenger window.

Anyone with possible information about the car or driver involved is asked to call Wichita police Detective Paul Kimble at 316-268-4167.

Schroeder gave this account:

The two men had put together meals at the American Legion and were walking east in the middle of the 1900 block of East 12th Street, near I-135, when the eastbound Saab hit them from behind without slowing down or stopping before it left the area. The car had headlights on and didn’t appear to be speeding.

“They didn’t even know the car was there until they were struck,” Schroeder said.

Investigators took a car part left among the debris to a Saab dealership, which helped identify the likely model involved, Schroeder said.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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