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Police looking for gray Chevy in drag race that killed pedestrian

WICHITA — Wichita police are looking for a Chevrolet — perhaps a Monte Carlo — painted with gray primer in connection with a drag race that killed one pedestrian and critically injured another Saturday night.

One of the two men racing in the 1100 block of North Cleveland shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday returned to the scene and surrendered to police, Lt. Kevin Vaughn said.

The 52-year-old man was interviewed, then arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. His maroon 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme has been impounded.

The two pedestrians were taking an evening walk when they were struck as they crossed the street in a crosswalk, Vaughn said. Robert Ryder, 25, of Wichita, died at the scene.

His 39-year-old cousin, whose name has not been released, is in critical condition at Via Christi Hospital at St. Francis.

Residents of the neighborhood told police they had heard two cars driving south at high speeds on Cleveland, Vaughn said, and the two drivers apparently turned around and were racing back north at the time of the collision.

Investigators are trying to determine if both pedestrians were hit by one car, or if each vehicle struck one person.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the accident follow-up unit at 316-268-4167 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Check Kansas.com for updates.

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