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Second person dies after Sunday hit-and-run in Kansas City

Updated: 2013-08-13T02:59:21Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A second person has died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run wreck early Sunday at 31st Street and Euclid Avenue in Kansas City.

The 39-year-old victim was declared brain dead and the process to donate his organs began Monday, police said. His name was not released.

The man was driving a Ford Mustang that was T-boned by a white Chevrolet Cruze about 2:35 a.m. at the intersection. His girlfriend, Elvia P. Walters, 36, of Lee’s Summit, who was in the front passenger seat, was killed in the crash.

The driver of the Cruze fled on foot, leaving behind a seriously injured man in that car’s front passenger seat. Police were looking for the driver Monday.

The intersection is controlled by a stoplight. Police were investigating which driver had the right of way.

The Cruze struck the Mustang on the passenger-side door, where Walters was seated with her seat belt fastened, said Master Police Officer Bill Johnson. He said the collision caused the Mustang to spin and hit a curb with such force that it tore out a chunk of concrete and broke off the car’s left rear wheel.

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

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