Wichita police searching for car that hit 6-year-old boy

By: Jason Tarr Email
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WICHITA, Kan. -- Police are searching for a car they say ran over a 6-year-old boy in east Wichita and then fled the scene.

The accident was reported around 1:45 Saturday afternoon in the 6200 block of East Eilerts. That's near Woodlawn and Kellogg.

The boy's parents say they were in the area looking because they are looking into renting a home there. They say they had just put their children in the car and were finishing talking to the landlord by the front porch of the home. They say one of their children, Robert, got out of the car and started back toward the house.

Police say the boy had just stepped off the curb when a vehicle hit him. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Courtleigh which turns into Eilerts.

"I remember seeing the car come around the corner and next thing I know, I see Robert's feet come up over the car," said Robert's father, Samuel Caito.

The boy's parents say the car was traveling fast and their son toppled over the hood of the car before landing in the street. They say the car did not stop.

"I started toward the vehicle and then stopped in the middle of the street where my son was lying to attend to my son," said Robert's mother, Alma Sipes.

Caito says he tried to chase after the car but was ultimately unable to catch up to it.

"I was hoping to stop them and let him fess up for what he did," Caito said.

Robert was taken to Wesley Medical Center. His parents say he suffered cuts and scrapes to his whole body, especially his back and head.

They say thankfully the injuries were not worse.

"It's a miracle," Alma Sipes said.

The parents say that their son will be alright and was actually released from the hospital late Saturday afternoon.

"He took it like a champ, I'll tell you that much," Caito said. "He was crying at first but when I got to the hospital, he was playing games and helping clean the sores."

But the parents of six say they won't feel better themselves until driver comes forward and accepts responsibility.

They want that driver to apologize to their son.

"I just want him to have a heart and confess and pay for what he did with the speeding," Alma Sipes said.

"I'm in the same boat. You can forgive if he would just come out and apologize and accept the consequences he deserves," Caito said.

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Police are looking for a 2000s model gray or silver Pontiac Grand Prix. The boy's parents say it appeared to have a Pennsylvania license plate.

Police urge anyone with information to call 911.


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