Fatal crash left car rolling down onto the shoulder of 71 highway
A woman fleeing a crash in Hyde Park made her way northeast to Euclid Avenue and 35th Street, where she ran a stop sign and T-boned another vehicle, causing a death Tuesday afternoon, Kansas City police said.
The woman was seriously injured, and an officer suspected she was driving while impaired, according to Deb Randol, a Kansas City police crash investigator.
A witness said the woman was traveling at a "high rate of speed," Randol added.
As a result of the collision, the woman's Chevrolet SUV rolled down an embankment and onto the shoulder of northbound Bruce R. Watkins Drive below, backing up traffic around rush hour.
Motorists were detoured away from the busy highway after 3 p.m.
Residents say the site of the crash is a dangerous intersection with many crashes.
Rayjon Robinson, who lives off the intersection, called for stoplights to be added to the area.
Another resident had erected a metal barrier along his fence as a means of protecting his property from crashes.
Randol said no injuries were reported at the first crash, near 39th and Gillham.
Annette Creel, who lives about a block from the scene, said she heard the fatal collision.
"It sounded like a truck had dumped all of its (metal) load," Creel said.
Added her roommate, Stephanie Settle, "People just go flying through that stop sign like it's not even there."
She and Creel have lived there for about two months and estimated they hear of a crash about once a week.
The identity of the victim has not yet been released.
The man who was killed was not wearing a seat belt.
"Drinking and driving is a choice somebody makes," Randol said. "Driving without a seat belt is a choice somebody makes. Two simple choices that someone can make could save someone's life. ... These things are preventable."