Three Goddard children hurt in a two-vehicle collision during the Friday morning commute were recovering at a local hospital Friday night.
A 5-year-old girl who apparently was sitting on the side of the family’s minivan that sustained the brunt of the impact remained in critical condition at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, a hospital house supervisor said. She did not give the nature of the child’s injuries but did say the girl was in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.
Her brothers, ages 11 and 7, were in serious and fair conditions, the house supervisor said. Their 36-year-old mother, according to the hospital, had been treated and released earlier in the day.
The collision that injured the family occurred at 7:18 a.m. Friday at Kellogg and 151st Street West, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Carl Mackey said a minivan turning left from eastbound Kellogg onto 151st West was struck by a Pontiac sedan driving west on Kellogg.
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The 5-year-old girl was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in critical condition, said Kevin Lanterman, a division leader for Sedgwick County EMS.
“It sounds like the impact was right on where she was sitting,” Lanterman said.
She reportedly had stopped breathing at the scene of the crash but was resuscitated, the dispatch supervisor said. Her mother and two older brothers were also taken by ambulance to St. Francis.
The driver of the Pontiac, a 24-year-old Wichita man, was not hurt in the crash, according to a highway patrol crash report.
Mackey said a vehicle in the left-turn lane preparing to go south on 151st may have impeded the view of the woman driving the minivan.
Traffic in the area was blocked for a while after the accident, officials said.