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Toddler still in critical condition after Tuesday traffic crash

A child’s car seat sits in the intersection of Pawnee and George Washington Boulevard on Tuesday morning after it was removed from a car that struck another car police were pursuing at the time of the crash around 8 a.m. (Nov. 4, 2014)
A child’s car seat sits in the intersection of Pawnee and George Washington Boulevard on Tuesday morning after it was removed from a car that struck another car police were pursuing at the time of the crash around 8 a.m. (Nov. 4, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Two people remain in critical condition at Wesley Medical Center following a collision at a southeast Wichita intersection this week that involved a car fleeing from law enforcement.

One of them is a 16-month-old girl who was riding with her father as they were traveling east on Pawnee shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities have said. Their gold Toyota sedan struck a blue Toyota that ran a red light as it sped north on George Washington Boulevard.

A Kansas Department of Corrections official said Tuesday the man suspected of being the driver of the blue Toyota, 22-year-old Kenneth Libich, was wanted for absconding parole last month. Libich has been detained by law enforcement at the hospital, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities say Libich was fleeing from a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy in a chase that lasted 33 seconds prior to the collision. Although the Kansas Highway Patrol is still investigating the collision, authorities say it appears Libich was driving well above the posted 40 mph speed limit on that portion of George Washington Boulevard.

Two others hurt in the crash – the toddler’s father and a woman who was in the car being driven by Libich – have been released from the hospital.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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