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Driver who caused day care center crash thought another car pulled in front of him, police say

Updated: 2013-08-02T04:22:44Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A motorist crashed into a day care center Tuesday because he thought another vehicle pulled out in front of him, Kansas City police said Thursday.

The 74-year-old man lost control of his Range Rover and slammed into a parked Cadillac, which knocked over a power pole and crashed through the wall of the Christian Academy Child Care center at 3611 E. 27th St. Two children who had been napping in the room were trapped under the Cadillac. A third child also was hurt. All three were treated at a hospital and released.

A man interviewed by some media outlets, but not The Star, said that he was driving right behind the Range Rover and that he and the Range Rover driver were fleeing a rolling gun battle. But police said no one they interviewed, including the driver behind the Range Rover and the 74-year-old man, ever mentioned gunfire to them.

“The first time we heard about that was yesterday on the news,” said Master Police Officer Bill Johnson, who is investigating the crash. “We took a formal statement from the guy following the Range Rover the day of the crash, and he never said anything like that.”

The Range Rover driver told police he thought a vehicle pulled in front of him.

Police said they heard conflicting reports of the wreck from media outlets, but witnesses they interviewed were consistent. A business owner across the street who saw the whole thing also didn’t report hearing any gunshots, Johnson said.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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