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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fatality accident in Johnson County

Originally Posted: 2:49 a.m.
Update Posted: 5:15 p.m.

Updated Story: Police: 1 in custody following fatal accident

Overland Park Police tell Operation 100 News they are investigating a fatality accident this morning that occurred just before 2:30 a.m.. All southbound lanes of US-69 Highway are closed at 119th Street for the investigation. The highway reopened late Sunday morning.

Police confirm that they did receive reports of gunshots heard in the area around the time of the accident and that several casings were recovered on the highway. The Overland Park Police Department's Public Information Officer stated that the "two vehicles appear to have been traveling down the road bumping or possibly chasing each other."

The man who died at the crash scene has been identified as 22-year-old, Overland Park resident, Marquise Williams Jr.

Police also confirm that they are actively seeking a silver or gray Mitsubishi, possibly an Eclipse with front end damage. They were also able to confirm that the subject who was found deceased at the scene is a male. According to Police, his death appears to be the result of the car crash and not directly related to the gunfire. The driver of the car, also a male, was transported to an area hospital where he is in stable condition. No other information has been confirmed by Police at this time. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the TIPS hotline, 816-474-TIPS(8477)

Original post: 2:49 a.m.

Dispatchers received reports of gunshots fired just prior to one vehicle leaving the highway. Overland Park Police, Fire and Johnson County Med-Act units responded and found one vehicle had left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and crashed into a large high voltage power pole. Fire crews had to extricate one occupant from the vehicle. Upon completing the extrication it was determined that the patient, a passenger in the vehicle, was deceased.

The driver of the crashed vehicle was transported to an area hospital by Med-Act. During transport Med-Act discovered a gunshot would to their patient's foot, which was possibly self inflicted. The subject is in stable condition.

Overland Park Police have called out traffic units to investigate the circumstances of the crash. Officers investigating the scene have found several casings near the crash scene.

Preliminary reports indicate that two firearms have been located at the scene along with two casings on the highway. Reports also indicate that one subject has been taken into Police custody. Dispatcher's advised me that they are not able to confirm that information at this time as the investigation is on going.

Southbound US-69 Highway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. All traffic is being forced to exit at 119th Street. KDOT has been contacted to bring out barricades to block the highway for an extended period of time.

Police believe this incident was related to a rolling disturbance or possible road rage incident. The suspect vehicle is reported to be a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse with front end and passengers side damage. That vehicle was last seen southbound on US-69. Driver is possibly armed with a handgun and should be considered dangerous.
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