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Wichita Teen Killed; Sun May Be Factor In Crash

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A 15-year-old Wichita boy was struck and killed while running in a crosswalk. According to Wichita Police, the sun’s glare apparently kept the driver from seeing the teen in the road.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m., about 21 minutes after the accident. His name has not yet been released, pending family notification.

The Wichita man, 35, who was driving the car that struck him was coming west on Douglas through a green light at Rock Road. The boy had run north at the crosswalk at Douglas, police said.

Douglas is five lanes wide including the turn lane and the speed limit is 40 mph. The angle appears to have played a role in the accident.

“The driver did not see the teen crossing the crosswalk as he approached,” police said.

Police are still investigating the crash no citations have been issued at this time.

This is the sixth traffic fatality in Wichita so far this year. Four of which have involved pedestrians.

At Douglas and Rock, there have been two serious pedestrian or bicycle accidents from 2003 through 2007, according to Kansas Department of Transportation records.