Woman and girl killed in crash involving fleeing vehicle identified

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police tell KSN News that a 12-year-old girl and 70-year-old woman died after a multi-car crash in downtown Wichita. It happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday at Douglas and Broadway. 

Rosemary McElroy

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a stolen 2001 BMW with two people inside was fleeing from Wichita police on Broadway heading southbound. 

At the intersection, the BMW struck a 1998 Toyota on the driver’s side with three people inside. The Toyota spun out and struck another Chevy with one person. 

The woman and girl who died in the crash are identified as 70-year-old Maria Wood and 12-year-old Rosemary McElroy. Both are from Wichita and were in the Toyota. Another woman, 36-year-old Jennifer Wood, was injured and transported to the hospital. 

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Jenny Wood

The two people in the BMW, 24-year-old Mia Collins and 38-year-old Christopher English, were transported to the hospital. 

A driver of the Chevy, 65-year-old Alfred Angel, was also taken to the hospital. 

Some people who work nearby said they keep replaying the scene of the crash in their minds. Legend Journey works inside a building right next to where it happened. She was emotional as she recalled what she saw.

“I just walked up to the window, and I saw her feet,” said Journey. “So, I ran away from the window. Just to know that it was right outside where I work and they wanted us to keep working.”

“When we have an incident of this magnitude, we’re going to review it thoroughly to make sure we not only follow policy but state law,” said Capt. Jeff Weible, Wichita Police Department.

While witnesses said they’re thinking of the families involved, they said they’re also trying to process what they saw.

“It shouldn’t have happened,” said Journey. “It kind of makes me angry because is stealing a car really worth two people’s lives?”

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