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May 5, 2014

Girl, 4, seriously injured in truck-scooter collision at 10th and Waco

A 4-year-old girl who was a passenger on a motorized scooter was critically injured in a collision near downtown Wichita on Monday, authorities said.

A 4-year-old girl who was a passenger on a motorized scooter was critically injured in a collision near downtown Wichita on Monday, authorities said.

The collision was reported at 12:28 p.m. at 10th and Waco, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. The girl was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, where she is in critical condition. The driver of the motorized scooter also was injured.

Wichita police Sgt. Chris McAuliffe gave this account:

The scooter was headed north on Waco, and the truck was going south. Initial reports are that the truck turned left in front of the scooter.

The driver of the scooter is the father of the 4-year-old girl who was injured. It appeared she was wearing a helmet. Her injuries, which include head injuries, are severe.

The father also suffered injuries, possibly including a broken leg.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

McAuliffe said police are talking with witnesses along the street to try re-create what happened. He said there is no indication of any impairment on the part of either driver.

As far as he knows, McAuliffe said, there is no prohibition against a child being a passenger on a motorized scooter.

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