Police arrest father in deadly crash for involuntary manslaughter

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update (Saturday, Feb. 3):

Wichita Police arrested Daniel Juares-Lopez of Wichita Friday for driving without a valid license and for involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence.

A six-year-old boy died in August of last year after being ejected from the SUV. The crash also critically injured Juarez-Lopez.

An earlier incident report from the accident indicated that Wichita Police would be investigating the crash as vehicular homicide and that they believed Juarez-Lopez was under the influence.


Update (Tuesday, Aug. 15):

A crash that killed a six-year-old boy in northeast Wichita is being investigated as a vehicular homicide, that's according to an incident report from the crash.

The Thursday night (Aug. 10) crash that also critically injured the boy's father.

The report from the accident shows the father who police say was driving the SUV, was possibly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

In the crash that happened a little before midnight, police say the 23-year-old driver of the SUV crossed a double line, overcorrected and hit a curb. The SUV then crossed the double line again, hit another curb, rolled several times and came to a stop in the backyard of a residence.

The boy's father remains hospitalized.


Update (Sunday, Aug. 13):

A fundraising effort held Sunday was organized to help the family of a young boy killed in a late Thursday-night crash in northeast Wichita.

The crash happened a little before midnight Thursday near 21st North and Rock Road. Six-year-old Daniel "Danny Boy" Ware died in the crash. His father was critically injured.

Sunday's fundraiser involved the sale of Indian tacos prepared by Danny's family, who says the boy was "full of joy, and had a smile that could brighten your darkest day."

Specifically, Danny's family says the boy brought joy to them, as well as his Native American (Kiowa) community.

"He was very healthy, loved to dance in our traditional dances," says DeWitt Domebo, a member of the Kiowa community who helped put together Sunday's fundraising event. "He was energetic, had a smile that was infectious. Just, he was an awesome kid."

He says the fundraiser went well, especially for its organization on short notice.

"We just threw this together (Saturday) morning," Domebo says. "So it was just a one day type of deal. Had we had a little bit more time, we probably could of made quite a bit, but we were happy with the tornout today."

The boy's family and community are responding, but Domebo says, most of the time, people are not prepared, "especially in a tragedy like this."

"It's just a terrible time for us to have to come together, but we've got to come together to raise money to help offset things like the funeral and things (the family has) to go through," Domebo says.

A GoFundMe account is also set up to help Danny's family.


Friday, Aug. 11

Update (2:26 p.m.): Family members have identified a six-year-old killed in an overnight crash as Daniel "Danny Boy" Ware.

They say Danny was a "loving bright child interested in music school and his native community. He was full of joy and had a smile that could brighten up your darkest day."

The family says Danny "brought joy to his entire family and his Native American community. He lived to go to the powwow with his mother Kelci and grandmother Berta."

Danny is the godson of Kansas State Representative Ponka-We Victors. His family says the two were very close.

Danny's father was critically hurt in the crash that happened shortly before midnight near 21st and Rock Road. He remains in the hospital.

A GoFundMe account has been setup to help the family.


Update: Wichita Police say a six-year-old was killed and his father was critically hurt in an accident at 21st and Rock late Thursday night.

Police say the 23-year-old driver crossed a double line, overcorrected and hit a curb. He then crossed the double line again, hit another curb, rolled several times and came to a stop in the backyard of a residence.

Both the father and six-year-old were thrown from the vehicle. The six-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. His father was taken to the hospital.


Police are on the scene of a deadly crash in east Wichita.

911 dispatchers say one person is dead and another is in critical condition.

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