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More witnesses sought in Saturday collision that killed Clearwater girl

WICHITA — Police are looking for more witnesses to the Saturday crash on Kellogg that killed a 5-year-old Clearwater girl.

A pickup driven by a 25-year-old man was driving west on Kellogg shortly after 3:45 p.m. when he swerved west of Seneca, jumped the concrete median and slammed head-on into a Toyota Camry driven by a 37-year-old woman.

The collision killed Amber Randolph, a kindergarten student at Clearwater West Elementary School, superintendent Mike Roth said.

Amber was properly secured in a child safety seat in the back seat of the Camry, Capt. Max Tenbrook said.

While police have interviewed several witnesses, Tenbrook said, they are still looking for the vehicle that caused the pickup to swerve in an attempt to avoid a collision.

"We're still trying to figure out what set of circumstances led to that happening," Tenbrook said. "It could be anything — somebody was trying to run him off the road, another driver was swerving and he was trying to get out of the way ..."

Witnesses should call the accident follow up unit at (316) 268-4131, Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 or 911.

Counselors were made available to students, teachers and staff at Clearwater West today, Roth said. Parents of Amber's classmates were contacted Sunday night "to let them know, and work with them in letting their student know they lost a classmate," Roth said.

Police are looking into whether the pickup driver was racing another vehicle in the moments before the crash, Tenbrook said.

Evidence at the scene indicates the pickup rode along the top of the concrete barrier separating east- and westbound Kellogg for about 100 feet before crossing into eastbound lanes, Tenbrook said.

The woman driving the Camry saw what was unfolding, pulled over to the right and was nearly stopped before the pickup hit her car, he said.

While a second vehicle struck the Camry, Tenbrook said it was "very inadvertent" and left only a scuff mark.

No arrests have been made in the case, Tenbrook said, but criminal charges are possible depending on the circumstances that led to the crash.

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