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Driver charged after child killed in downtown Wichita hit-and-run

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 10:27 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday, March 9, 2021: A man arrested following a deadly hit-and-run Monday morning in downtown Wichita made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court Tuesday at which he heard the formal charges against him.

A judge charged Marcus Downey with fleeing an accident scene and driving with a suspended license. Police arrested Downey Monday after his pickup hit a 4-year-old boy crossing an intersection with his mother. The boy died from his injuries at a local hospital. After the collision, police said Downey did not immediately stop.

The judge set Downey’s bond at $75,000. His next court date is scheduled for March 25.

Update, Monday evening, March 8, 2021: The Wichita Police Department arrested a man for failure to stop at an accident that resulted in death and driving with a suspended license after his pickup hit a 4-year-old boy crossing an intersection with his mother early Monday morning in downtown Wichita. Wichita police identified the driver they arrested as 36-year-old Marcus Downey.

“(Monday) morning, we received a call from 911 of an injury accident. When officers arrived, they found a small child who had been hit by a vehicle, being held by the mother,” WPD Captain Wendell Nicholson said.

The boy died from his injuries at a local hospital. Immediately after the collision, the driver did not stop and the pickup was located about 100 yards from the scene, police said.

“We’re looking at witness statements and looking through video now,” Captain Nicholson said. “We would encourage the public if anyone has any information, to please call.

Police ask if you have any information about the deadly hit-and-run to call 316-350-3686.

Following the incident, some mothers are calling out drivers in Wichita for not being more alert at intersections.

“It happens all the time. With my daughter, I had to shove her out of the way because a truck was trying to turn into us, because they weren’t paying attention,” Wichita mother Paige Taylor said.

Wichita Police have found the truck involved in Monday’s morning hit-and-run that killed a 4-year-old boy.

Police have found the vehicle and are speaking with the driver.

Police ask if you have any information about the accident to call 316-350-3686.

A child was killed in a hit-and-run accident near downtown Wichita just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Wichita Police said a mother and child were crossing the intersection at Washington and Waterman when the child was struck by a copper-colored pickup truck.

The truck continued driving west on Waterman.

The child was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died at the hospital.

No further description of the vehicle was given. Police are still investigating whether the family was crossing the intersection legally.

Police ask if you have any information or know the whereabouts of the truck to call 911.

Sedgwick County Emergency dispatch confirmed a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Monday morning at Washington and Waterman.

That person was injured. Avoid the area.

Eyewitness News has a crew on scene gathering more information.

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