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Teen critically injured after car drives onto sidewalk in Overland Park

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-13 23:42:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A teenager is in critical condition after a car lost control and drove onto a sidewalk Friday afternoon in Overland Park, police said.

According to Overland Park Police Ofc. John Lacy, a vehicle went off the road near 127th Street and Switzer Road around 3:15 p.m. and then hit a 14-year-old girl several blocks away near 123rd Street and Switzer. The car eventually crashed into a fence near 121st Street and Switzer.

The girl — identified Saturday as Oxford Middle School student, who we are not naming in accordance with 41 Action News policy, in an email from the school to parents — was walking home from school, Lacy said. She was transported to a hospital in critical condition after the incident.

Police and the school said the girl remained in critical condition Saturday.

The driver of the vehicle also was transported to a hospital. He was released Saturday.

The investigastion into what caused the crash was ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Overland Park police at 913-895-6411 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

A community gathering in support of Rumple and her family, which has requested privacy, is planned for Sunday evenning at Oxford Middle School.