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Passenger dies after weekend wreck near Westport

Updated: 2014-02-04T20:37:11Z

Kansas City police on Tuesday identified a passenger who died Saturday in a wreck near Westport as Alan L. Espenlaub, 66, of Kansas City.

Espenlaub was a back-seat passenger in a car struck by a sport-utility vehicle at 43rd Street and Belleview Road about 3:30 p.m. The SUV driver said his vehicle slid on wet pavement, causing him to run a stop sign and collide with the passenger side of the southbound Honda Accord.

At the scene, Espenlaub complained of back pain and pain to his ribs. He died less than four hours later at a hospital from internal injuries. The front seat-passenger also complained of pain to the right side of her body, but she survived.

Police arrested the SUV driver for running the stop sign and having no driver’s license and no insurance.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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