Crime

August 20, 2014

Charges are filed in traffic death of 79-year-old woman

Joshua J. Brazeal, 28, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the crash that killed Geraldine Strader. He is also charged with aggravated battery and with leaving the scene of an injury collision.

Wyandotte County prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges against the driver involved in a traffic crash that killed a 79-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman.

Joshua J. Brazeal, 28, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the crash Tuesday afternoon that killed Geraldine Strader.

According to Kansas City, Kan., police, an officer was in the 1800 block of Central Avenue when he saw a Cadillac that had been reported stolen. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver sped away, but the officer did not pursue it, police said.

About two minutes later, the Cadillac crashed into a Toyota Camry in the 3800 block of Haskell Avenue. Strader was thrown from the Toyota and died Tuesday night at a hospital. A passenger in the Cadillac also was injured.

The driver of the Cadillac ran from the scene.

Brazeal, whose last known address was Fort Scott, Kan., was later arrested across the state line in Kansas City, where he was being held Wednesday night.

Besides the manslaughter charge, Brazeal was charged with aggravated battery for injuring the passenger in the Cadillac and with leaving the scene of an injury collision.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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