42 Die in Kansas Police Chases in 12 years

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Police chases on Kansas roads have resulted in 42 deaths over the past 12 years.

The Wichita Eagle analyzed state records and found that about 20 percent of those killed were in vehicles hit by fleeing cars.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tim Stolz acknowledged the problem of innocent bystanders being killed during police chases, saying ``One of those is too many.''

But Stolz also said the public expects law enforcement officers to pursue and stop suspects, including traffic violators.

State Department of Transportation records show the 42 deaths since 1997 occurred during 35 chases and happened in both rural and urban settings.

Of the 42 deaths, 24 were drivers attempting to elude police and 10 were passengers in those vehicles.

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