Family speaks out after Wichita Police identify woman killed crossing road on scooter
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Dec. 2: Wichita police have identified 55-year-old Tracey Crawford of Wichita as the victim of Wednesday’s fatal accident. The vehicle that struck Crawford was a silver SUV.
On Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with Crawford’s family. Relatives say they want her to be remembered for the spunky and fun-loving person she was and that what happened Wednesday is a tragedy, but also a reminder for drivers to be alert when on the road.
“I understand it was not at a crosswalk, but to look out for those around you,” Crawford’s sister, Kelley Klug said. “Whether it be someone on a scooter a motorcycle or a pedestrian, keep your eyes on the road.”
Klug said a Wichita police detective called Wednesday while she was at work and told her there had been an accident and her 55-year-old sisters, Tracey Crawford, had died.
“I couldn’t believe it happened. You know, I was just in shock,” Klug said. “This just really hit our family hard.”
Klug described her sister as “the kindest soul you could ever meet.”
“She was always there to make sure everyone felt comfortable around her. She always laughed, she always smiled. She had the biggest heart you could ever imagine,” Klug said.
Crawford was trying to cross the street at Funston and Rock Road on an electric motorized scooter when the SUV hit her. Klug said she had just spoken with Crawford at Thanksgiving.
“She wanted to make sure the kids came over for Christmas and (said) that she loved everyone, she missed us and that you know, (she) just wanted to make sure that we were okay,” Klug said. “She was always checking on us.”
She said Crawford knew no stranger.
“Everybody has a story about her and it’s always that she’s so helpful and they just want to give a big hug to her and that she was just the life of the party,” Klug said.
Crawford’s family has a GoFundMe page to help with her funeral expenses.
Update: Wichita police say a 55-year-old woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing south Rock Road.
Police said shortly before 3 p.m., officers arrived on the scene of the crash on Rock Road near Funston, between Harry and Pawnee. They found a 55-year-old woman deceased on the scene. They said the woman was crossing Rock Road in an electric mobility scooter when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Rock Road.
Police said while there are sidewalks along Rock Road, there is no crosswalk in the area. Officers are interviewing witnesses to the incident.
Police are waiting to release the woman’s identification until her next of kin has been notified.
Wichita police say one person has died following a vehicle vs. pedestrian
Wichita police have shut down traffic at Rock Road and Funston Street, due to a crash involving a vehicle that has struck someone.
At least one person has suffered critical injures in the crash.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene to gather more information about what happened.
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