Driver dies, passenger hurt when car crashes into tree in KC

A driver died and a passenger was seriously injured early Sunday when the driver lost control of a car, ran off the road and stuck a tree in Kansas City.

The crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday near 39th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue, according to Kansas City police.

The car had been headed east on 39th when the driver lost control.

The driver died at the scene. The passenger was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious condition.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb