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KC man dies when wheel from car being towed breaks loose, strikes his car

Michael J. Skali, 67, of Kansas City, died Thursday when a wheel from a vehicle being towed came loose and struck his car on Interstates 435 in Clay County.
Michael J. Skali, 67, of Kansas City, died Thursday when a wheel from a vehicle being towed came loose and struck his car on Interstates 435 in Clay County.

A 67-year-old man was killed Thursday when a wheel broke loose from a vehicle that was being towed, crossed Interstate 435 near Interstate 35 in Clay County, struck the windshield of the man’s car and caused him to crash into a concrete barrier.

The victim was identified Michael J. Skali of Kansas City. The crash happened at 11:30 a.m.

Skali was driving southbound on I-435 when a wheel came loose from a northbound trailer and became airborne, crossed the median and struck the driver’s side of the windshield of Skali’s 2016 Chrysler Town and Country, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

The impact caused Skali to veer off the left side of the road and hit the barrier. He died at the scene.

The 58-year-old driver of the pickup truck that was towing the second vehicle was not hurt.

Both men were wearing seat belts.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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