Police Find Vehicle In Deadly Hit And Run Accident

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 23, 2012

Wichita Police have located one of two vehicles involved in a deadly hit and run accident over the weekend.

Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police, said an anonymous tip led authorities to a car in south Wichita. Investigators determined the vehicle was involved in an accident that struck and killed 49-year-old John Fuqua Saturday night.

No arrests have been made.

Police are still looking for a second vehicle, possibly a hybrid SUV, that ran over the victim lying in the road.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Accident Follow Up Unit at 268-4131.

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wichita Police knew a vehicle struck a bicycle rider late Saturday in South Wichita, but now they say a second vehicle ran over the man as he lay in the street.

Authorities responded to the accident in the 1900 block of S. Seneca Saturday night. The bicyclist was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old John Fuqua, of Wichita.

Investigators believe the first car that struck the bicyclist was a white sedan. A second vehicle, a dark-colored SUV or hybrid, ran over the victim in the road. Both vehicles drove away from the scene, police said.

Authorities said several people saw the accident, but few witnesses have shared details. Anyone with information is asked to call the accident follow up unit 268-4131.

"When somebody flees the scene after a crash, it aggravates everything that occurred," said Lt. Joe Schroeder. "We need to find the two drivers and hold them accountable."

UPDATE: Monday, May 21, 2012

Authorities are struggling to close a deadly hit and run accident that happened in South Wichita Saturday night. Not only do they not know who the suspect is, they haven't been able to identify the victim, either.

Sgt. Kevin Vaughn said a man in his 40s was hit by a car in the 1900 block of South Seneca Street late Saturday night. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators said the suspect's vehicle may be a white or light-colored sedan. The vehicle is likely to have front-end damage.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses to locate the driver.

"The good thing about today, there are a lot of cameras out there," Vaughn said. "A lot of businesses have that surveillance equipment. It not only works to protect them, but it helps in our investigations, too."

Anyone with information on the case can leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wichita Police are searching for the driver of a car involved in a deadly hit and run accident. Just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a call of a person on a bicycle who was hit by a car in the 1900 block of South Seneca.

Wichita Police Sgt. Kenneth Kimble says a witness saw a white car driving north on Seneca swerved suddenly. The witness then found an injured man lying in the street. The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Police are searching for a four-door, mid- to full-sized car with damage to its front bumper, hood, right headlight and possibly windshield. Anyone seeing a vehicle matching that description should call 911.


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