Family identify 6-year-old boy killed in Wichita crash

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say a 6-year-old boy was killed and his father was critically injured in a crash late Thursday night in northeast Wichita. 

The crash happened at around 11;15 p.m. on East 21st Street near Rock Road. Officer Charley Davidson said a white jeep was westbound when it went left of center, the driver over-correcting twice and striking a curb twice.

The jeep rolled several times, went through a fence and into a back yard, ejecting the boy and his father. 

The boy died at the scene, and the 23-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. It's not known if they were wearing seat belts.

Family later identified the boy as Daniel Ware.

"The Wichita Police Department is saddened by this tragic event," Officer Davidson said. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of those and everyone who's affected by this unfortunate case."

The crash remains under investigation. 

Ware's family released the following statement:

Danniel Ware known to his friends and family and the indian community as Danny boy. He was a loving bright child interested in music school and his native community. He was full of joy and had a smile that could brighten up your darkest day. He was loved by all who had the opportunity to know him. He was fun and precocious as any other 6 year old boy. He was the light of his grandmother Roberta Ware's life. He would often spend time with his godmother state representative Ponka-We Victors they were pretty inseparable when they were together. He brought joy to his entire family and his Native American community. He lived to go to the powwow with his mother Kelci and grandmother  Berta. He loved his ninja turtles and he loved school.  He was looking forward to the new school year. His mother Kelci Godmother Ponka-We Grandmother Berta are all absolutely devastated by this loss as are the rest of our family we have started a go fundme account to help with his final expenses. 

My aunt Roberta Ware would like to thank the WPD and all of wichitas first responders for their help and compassion in our families time of tragedy. 

             Thank you again from dannys uncle larry. 

"Kid deaths are very tough on a community," Davidson said. "They also take an accumulated toll on officers as well."

To help officers through such difficult situations, officers are receiving training at the Child Advocacy Center on "building resiliency, surviving secondary trauma and also emotional survival and understanding the impact of trauma exposure in law enforcement," Davidson said.

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