Arrest made in downtown Wichita hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old boy


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 4-year-old child was killed Monday morning in a hit-and-run in downtown Wichita.

By late afternoon, Wichita police arrested 36-year-old Marcus Downey of Wichita on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving while suspended.

Marcus Downey, image courtesy of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

The hit-and-run happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Waterman and Washington. A mother and a child were crossing the street when the child was hit by a copper-colored pickup.

“Witnesses said the mother and her children were crossing the intersection going westbound on Waterman from Washington. When they got into the intersection, we believe they were struck by a copper-colored pickup truck,” said Capt. Wendell Nicholson, Wichita Police Department.

Julie Johnson works at the Kammerer Auto Body which is at the intersection of Waterman and Washington. Johnson said she was startled by a loud noise.

“All I know is we heard tires squealing, and a pickup came into our parking lot. We saw a lady get out and run down the parking lot and across the sidewalk in front of the building to help out with the incident,” said Johnson. “When I went outside, they were performing CPR, and it didn’t look good.”

Johnson said it is a busy intersection, and she hopes the family is okay.

“We can just ask for thoughts and prayers for the family and the little boy. It was a sad situation,” she said.

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