Victim in south Wichita hit-and-run identified

Four people were injured after a two-vehicle crash in south Wichita Saturday. Photo courtesy KSN News
Photo courtesy KSN News

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police on Monday identified the man who died following the crash on Broadway Saturday morning as 38-year-old Demarco Rippatoe.

According to authorities, an SUV hit Rippatoe on the bicycle and then ran into a pickup truck.

“A vehicle struck the bicycle and then the vehicle struck another vehicle,” says Sgt. Bob Gulliver with the Wichita Police Department.

Gulliver says there were two people inside the SUV that he says hit the bicycle. And Gulliver says two people in that vehicle ran from the scene.

“They did in fact try to flee the scene,” says Gulliver, adding that the woman who fled is pregnant. The woman has since been taken into police custody. “One was brought back to the scene and officers are still trying to find the other one right now.”

Gulliver says the male driver was pursued by at least one officer, but has not been located as of now.

NOTE: Wichita police originally gave the spelling of the victim as Demarco Ritpatoe. KSN has corrected the name in the story.


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