Two people who died when a vehicle fled police early Sunday have been identified as Kansas City teenagers.
Driver Alexis Medina and Karla Robledo, both 18, died when the vehicle crashed into a pillar under the highway, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
All seven teenage occupants were ejected from the car, which caught fire and burned, the Highway Patrol said.
Roeland Park police had tried to investigate about 3 a.m. Sunday because the vehicle was being driven suspiciously around a Walmart at 5150 Roe Blvd., according to the patrol.
Rex Taylor, Roeland Park’s police chief, said the officer who investigated the car did not immediately pursue it.
“In this instance, the business is closed and a car is driving around the parking lot,” Taylor said. “The officer pulls in and the car takes off. The officer then turns on the lights and pursues. He was trying to play catch-up.”
The five surviving passengers, ranging from 15 to 19 years old, were taken to hospitals. Information regarding the condition of four of them was unavailable.
St. Luke’s Hospital listed Gabriela Villa-Paralta, 19, as being in fair condition.