Posted: January 19, 2012 - 2:49am
Updated: January 20, 2012 - 3:02am
Charges filed following fatal pursuit
Minutes after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, Mission Police began pursuing a red Honda Accord believed to be displaying a stolen Kansas Veterans license plate. Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle fled eastbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway near Mission Road. The vehicle's speed was reported to be nearing 65 miles per hour. Mission Police say their officer discontinued his pursuit just after crossing into Missouri.
Officers from Fairway and Westwood, both in Kansas, continued in pursuit the vehicle in Kansas City, Missouri. The chase wound through Kansas City, Missouri, eventually making it's way to the area of Children's Mercy Hospital around 2:20 a.m.. Kansas officers lost sight of the vehicle in that area and after passing their information on to Kansas City, Missouri Police, they returned to Kansas.
A short time later, a Kansas City, Missouri Police Officer, in an unmarked vehicle, spotted the same vehicle and began following. Police say that officer was only "observing the vehicle" and not in pursuit. Police also say that the suspect vehicle was involved in a crash with a Kansas City, Missouri Water Department truck at East 18th Street and Prospect Avenue.
The suspect vehicle was occupied by four individuals. One passenger in that vehicle was killed in the crash. Another passenger is said to be in extremely critically condition and had to be extricated from the car. The driver of the suspect vehicle and the driver of the Water Department truck both sustained minor injuries.
Police say the license plate on the vehicle was reported stolen from an address in Lenexa and the vehicle had been stolen from an address in Olathe. Several guns were also reportedly located in the vehicle after the crash.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
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