Kansas City homicide detectives are investigating after someone pushed a 29-year-old man from a truck as it drove through the Northeast area early Saturday.
The man suffered critical head injuries in his tumble to the asphalt just before 4 a.m. Saturday near Thompson Avenue and Van Brunt Boulevard. He remained in a hospital Monday, but his prognosis was so grim that homicide detectives had taken the case.
The victim and two friends had met the truck’s occupants to conduct a transaction at a car wash at Independence Boulevard and Hardesty Avenue, said homicide Sgt. Martin Cobbinah, who declined to elaborate on the transaction. The friends waited in their vehicle while the man approached the truck, got inside and argued with the driver. The truck then sped away with the man inside.
The friends followed in their vehicle and rammed the back of the truck to get it to stop, according to police reports. The friends thought they heard gunfire, but police said they found no evidence of shots being fired. Police think witnesses may have heard the vehicles colliding with each other and trash cans.
After the friends saw the man on the pavement, bleeding from his ears, they drove him to a hospital. Doctors found a handgun on the man.
Police tracked down and interviewed the truck’s occupants and were continuing to investigate. The injured man may have been trying to rob the occupants of the truck, according to police reports.