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Friday, January 20, 2012

Second man dead following pursuit

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 2:30am
Updated: January 20, 2012 - 11:50am

Casey Allen Cordell

Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutors have charged, 24-year-old Olathe resident, Casey Allen Cordell following the early morning car chase that began in Johnson County. Prosecutors say Cordell was behind the wheel of the stolen red Honda Accord that collided with a KCMO Water Department at 18th and Prospect.

Mission, Kansas Police say that they discontinued their pursuit as the vehicle crossed from Kansas into Missouri. Officers from Fairway and Westwood, both in Kansas, continued in pursuit until they lost the suspect vehicle near Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

A short time later an unmarked Kansas City, Missouri Police car was nearly struck by the same vehicle at Armor Boulevard and Broadway. According to Kansas City, Missouri Police, the officer made a U-turn attempting to catch up with and follow the vehicle. Emergency equipment was not activated and the officer did not catch up with the speeding vehicle until after it had crashed with a Water Department pickup truck.

Christopher Ford
On Thursday, Casey Allen Cordell was charged with one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault. Prosecutors requested that Cordell be held on a $250,000 bond. Prosecutors say Cordell is responsible for the death of, 26-year-old, Christopher Ford who was a passenger in the stolen vehicle.

Friday Morning, Kansas City, Missouri Police now say the second passenger in the stolen vehicle, 19-year-old, Christian M. Howard who was critically injured in the crash, has passed away as a result of his injuries. Prosecutors are reevaluating the current charges at this time, according to a spokesperson.

The driver of the Water Department truck, 51-year-old, Keith Burris is said to have suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Authorities say the red Honda Accord was stolen from an address in Olathe, Kansas and the license plate was also stolen from an address in Lenexa, Kansas.

Court records show that Casey Cordell was released by the Kansas Department of Corrections in December 2011. He served 18 months for drug and theft related offenses. He also has previous run-ins with Johnson County, Kansas law enforcement which include charges of Domestic Battery, and Fleeing/Eluding a Police Officer.

Original Story:
Police chase ends in deadly collision

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