Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe they have located the van that they suspect left the scene of a fatal crash on Saturday, according to a Monday update. However, they are still working to identify the driver.
Brooklyn Brouhard, 10, of Eudora, was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by Barry Larson, 54, also of Eudora, according to the Monday update from DGSO.
They were northbound on a motorcycle on East 1900 Road around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. According to preliminary information, they were 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, DGSO spokesperson George Diepenbrock said; then the van struck the motorcycle, which overturned.
Witnesses reported that the driver of the van proceeded down the ramp, leaving its bumper behind, and returned to eastbound K-10, Diepenbrock said.
Brouhard and Larson were both taken to an area hospital after the crash, but Brouhard died the next morning.
“Deputies and detectives have worked tirelessly since this tragic event to obtain any information about the suspected driver and vehicle. We will continue to do everything we can to bring answers for Brooklyn and her family,” Sheriff Jay Armbrister said in the Monday update. “We thank everyone who has assisted so far, and we continue to make a plea to the driver to turn yourself in.”
The sheriff’s office said Monday that they believe they located the van in the greater Kansas City area. Investigators ask for anyone who can help identify the driver to call 785-843-0250. Reference the case number D22-09801.
Note: This article and headline have been updated to reflect corrected information from the sheriff’s office.