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Girl, man seriously injured in crash east of Lawrence; law enforcement seeks van, driver suspected to be involved

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A 10-year-old girl suffered critical injuries and a 54-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash in the 1300 block of East 1900 Road on the ramp over Kansas Highway 10 Saturday.

Law enforcement was looking for a white van and its driver that witnesses said left the scene of the crash, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson George Diepenbrock said via email.

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The man was driving a motorcycle with the girl as his passenger, Diepenbrock said, when the crash occurred around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

According to preliminary information, the two were northbound on East 1900 Road approaching the overpass when an “unknown white delivery-style van” moved forward from the stop sign at the top of the eastbound ramp from K-10 and into the intersection, Diepenbrock said.

“The van struck the motorcycle, which overturned. On the motorcycle, the 54-year-old man suffered injuries that were serious but not life threatening, and the girl, who was wearing a helmet, suffered critical injuries,” Diepenbrock said. “Medics took both patients to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where she is currently stable.”

“Witnesses reported the driver of the white van after the collision proceeded down the ramp leaving its bumper behind and returned to eastbound K-10,” Diepenbrock said.

Law enforcement had not located the van as of 8 p.m. Saturday. The sheriff’s office asks for anyone who can help identify the driver and vehicle — a white, delivery-style van missing its front bumper — to call 785-843-0250. Reference the case number D22-09801.

The sheriff’s accident reconstruction team remained on the scene Saturday evening, and East 1900 Road and the eastbound off-ramp from K-10 remained closed for the investigation, Diepenbrock said.

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Note: This article has been updated to reflect corrected information from the sheriff’s office.

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