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Suspect in custody in fatal Leavenworth hit-and-run crash

16-year-old girl died in crash
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Posted at 8:17 AM, Aug 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-09 18:34:35-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 5:33 p.m., Aug. 9 | A suspect is in custody in connection to the 16-year-old girl's death, but has not yet been charged, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Tod Thompson.

EARLIER | A 16-year-old girl died after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Leavenworth.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m., officers were called to north 4th Street & Kickapoo Street on an injury accident.

Emergency crews arrived and discovered the girl suffering critical and life-threatening injuries. The girl later died at an area hospital.

The preliminary investigation revealed she was riding her bicycle north on 4th Street and was hit from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene.

She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Witnesses describe the vehicle as a silver SUV.

Investigators later identified the vehicle as a silver 2015-2017 Subaru Outback. It is expected to have significant front-end damage.

Anyone with information on the crash or the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1, or 913-682-2583.

The Leavenworth Police Department said it's investigating this incident as a homicide.