Independence teenager runs into traffic, hit by motorist

INDEPENDENCE — An Independence teenager suffered severe injuries when struck by a vehicle near 14th and Main streets on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Jewel Houk, age 14, of Independence was crossing Main Street from the south side of the road when she as struck by a 1992 Corolla driven by Rakesha R. Rowe, age 36, of Independence. A witness to the mishap told the Montgomery County Chronicle that Houk ran into the street, allowing no time for the motorist to stop.

Houk was immediately taken to Mercy Hospital and later flown to a Wichita medical center for treatment of injuries.

Rowe was not injured in the collision.

Traffic on Main Street was temporarily blocked while law enforcement investigated the collision.

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