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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Police chase called off before fatal Wichita crash

  • Wichita police say officers ended a chase two minutes before a fleeing motorist was involved in a fatal collision.
    Officials said Monday that the pursuit ended just after 2 a.m. Sunday after speeds reached 60 to 70 mph. The Wichita Eagle reports that the driver of the fleeing van then ran a stop sign and slammed into a car.
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  • Wichita police say officers ended a chase two minutes before a fleeing motorist was involved in a fatal collision. Officials said Monday that the pursuit ended just after 2 a.m. Sunday after speeds reached 60 to 70 mph. The Wichita Eagle reports that the driver of the fleeing van then ran a stop sign and slammed into a car. Capt. Brent Allred says the car's driver, 34-year-old Maria Martinez, was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her husband was a passenger, and he was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Two people in the van also were hospitalized. Allred says one of the people in the van has an outstanding warrant linked to an unsolved 2007 homicide.

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