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Woman and girl killed when SUV fleeing police crashes in downtown Wichita, police say

Update, 8:30 a.m. Monday

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the victims of the fatal crash and the two people who were inside of the SUV that was fleeing police.

Maria Wood, 70, and Rosemary McElroy, 12, were killed when the SUV collided with their Toyota Camry at Douglas and Broadway on Sunday afternoon, the crash report says. Jennifer Wood, 36, was taken to the hospital with a “suspected serious injury.”

Alfred Angel, 65, was in the Chevy HHR that was also crashed into during the crash, according to the report. He was taken to the hospital with a “suspected serious injury.”

The SUV was being driven by 24-year-old Mia Collins, KHP said, and Christopher English, 38, was the passenger in the vehicle.

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A 70-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl were killed when an SUV fleeing police officers crashed in downtown Wichita, according to a statement from the Wichita Police Department.

The incident began when a stolen BMW SUV “immediately sped off at a high rate of speed south on Broadway” after Wichita officers spotted it at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, Officer Kevin Wheeler said in the statement.

The officers tried to catch up with the SUV — with lights and sirens on — but the SUV continued to gain distance, Wheeler said.

The SUV then collided with a Toyota Camry at Douglas and Broadway, police said. The Camry was traveling east on Douglas.

“The driver of the Toyota Camry, a 70-year-old female and a rear 12-year-old female passenger were killed in the collision,” Wheeler said. “The 12-year-old was ejected from the vehicle. There was a front seat passenger who was also critically injured and remains hospitalized.”

A blue Chevy HHR was also struck at the intersection, Wheeler said. The driver, a 65-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The crash was reported to dispatch at 1:57 p.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

The SUV was being driven by a 24-year-old woman; and a 38-year-old man was also in the vehicle, Wheeler said. They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

It is about 1 mile between the 1100 block of North Broadway — where police began pursuing the SUV — and the intersection where the collision happened.

The crash is still under investigation, Wheeler said.

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