Wichita police said Friday that they had made three arrests in the fatal hit-and-run accident last month that left one man and a horse dead and injured a young boy.
After receiving a Crime Stoppers tip, police were able to locate the missing car, a Grand Marquis, on Wednesday in the 2900 block of North Coolidge. The arrests were made in the ensuing investigation.
Police arrested and booked George Childers, 26, on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and felony obstruction of justice. Childers was the driver, but state records show his driver’s license was suspended at the time of the accident.
Elease Childers, 28, and Colleen Fisher, 19, were also arrested in connection with the case on suspicion of obstruction of justice charges.
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Lloyd Ferguson, 49, was killed in the collision on 21st Street near Piatt on July 5. Six-year-old Eddie Caddell was seriously injured and is recovering in a rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, Neb. The horse Ferguson and the boy were riding was euthanized due to injuries in the accident.
Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said Friday that police think two people were in the car at the time of the accident – George Childers and Fisher. On Thursday, Allred credited the Crime Stoppers tip with leading to the vehicle.
“This is one of the major cases Wichita police have had this year,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of Crime Stoppers. “To be able to solve it is a very important thing for the community. … As a result to our request for information, that critical tip was received.”
The boy injured in the accident is still recovering from injuries. His father, also named Eddie Caddell, said Friday that he was “shocked” and thankful that “people really cared enough to call it in.”
“I’m really just so happy,” the father said. “I’m happy to hear that the Wichita police didn’t stop looking for them and at the end of the day, really did find them.
“I’m at a loss for words,” he said.
Allred said police are still looking for others connected to the accident and anyone possibly involved after the accident.
Tips can be given to Crime Stoppers by phone at 316-267-2111, online at www.wsccs.com or through text message by texting TIP217 and the information to CRIMES (274637).