Police ID Pedestrian Struck In Topeka

By: Nick Viviani/Melissa Brunner
By: Nick Viviani/Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Police have identified the woman who suffered extremely critical injuries when she was hit by a vehicle Thursday evening.

Topeka Police say Eleanor Frantz, 54, was crossing Gage Boulevard at SW 29th Terrace just shortly before 8:00 p.m. Thursday when she was hit by a northbound vehicle.

According to police, Frantz was using the crosswalk. He says she was triaged as "code blue" when she was taken from the scene, which means not breathing. Her condition remained critical Friday morning, police said.

The speed limit on that stretch of Gage Blvd. is 40 miles per hour.

Asked if the weather was a factor in the wreck, Lt. Chuck Haggard said, "On a night like tonight, weather is always a factor." He explained the rain reduces visibility, especially in the dark, and it increases stopping distance. He said the street was wet, but not icy at the time of the incident.

Northbound Gage Blvd. was closed at Lydia Thursday night while the accident reconstruction team investigated the scene. Traffic was being diverted to Twilight to get around the area. Haggard says the closure likely would continue for several hours. Southbound traffic was not affected.

The Topeka Police Dept. is still investigating the incident. Anyone who has information is asked to call authorities at 785-368-9400.


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