1 dead after east Wichita crash

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Family members have confirmed to KAKE News that 61-year-old Tom Freeman was the driver of a gold Dodge caravan who was killed in a crash Saturday afternoon. 

"I was sitting next to him at 6:29 p.m. March 25th, He gave me his last breaths, right there," said Maria Chavez, Freeman's stepdaughter. ""Through the years we had our ups and downs, but he never let me go."

Freeman's wife didn't wish to speak on camera, but told KAKE Reporter Greg Miller that he was experiencing shoulder pains and had sought treatment at the V-A clinic. She said he was injected with medication, and that one of the side effects was dizziness and fatigue. 

Wichita Police won't confirm whether a medical episode was the reason he lost control of the vehicle. Witnesses say emergency responders were performing CPR on him at the time of the crash.

The family has set up a GoFundMe for funeral expenses, if the public is interested. You can find a link to it here.

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The Wichita Police Department said the victim in the Saturday afternoon crash in east Wichita has passed away.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. when a driver was heading west in the 5700th block of E. Central in a gold Dodge caravan. The driver, 61, struck a white Chevrolet Impala. According to Wichita Police, the driver of the caravan then left the roadway and struck a large sign at Central and Edgemoor.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died. It's unknown if a medical condition played a role in the accident. 

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Wichita police say one person was critically hurt after crashing a minivan hit a heavy pole Saturday afternoon in east Wichita. 

It happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Central and Edgemoor. Traffic in the area was shut down as crews worked the scene. Drivers were asked to avoid the area. 

Witnesses say a minivan sideswiped another car before losing control and causing a violent collision with the pole. 

The driver of the van was rushed to a hospital with extreme critical injuries.

Authorities believe a medical emergency may have led to the crash. 

No one else was hurt. 

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