Police have identified a 29-year-old man who died early Thursday in a single-vehicle accident near Swope Park as Steven Counts of Raytown.
The crash happened about 2:45 a.m. along Oldham Road near East 79th Street. Counts was driving white Chevrolet Suburban south on Oldham Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control and the vehicle went off the roadway, striking a utility pole. The vehicle was sheared into two pieces and flipped over, ejecting the driver.
Counts, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Police are investigating whether Counts was driving impaired.
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