Three people were killed and five were seriously injured in a crash near 23rd Street and Television Place Friday afternoon. One of the vehicles involved was pursued by Independence police, according to Sgt. Bill Mahoney with Kansas City police.
Two of those killed occupied a bystander vehicle not involved in the pursuit.
Independence police began a pursuit around 4 p.m. of a Jeep Patriot, which fled into Kansas City.
It's unclear whether the pursuit was active at the time of the crash.
Kansas City police referred The Star to Independence police for questions about whether the pursuit was active. An Independence police spokesman did not respond to questions Friday.
"Officers were not in very close proximity — they were actually pretty far east of where the collision occurred and had lost sight of the suspect vehicle at the time that it happened," Mahoney said.
Independence police believed the vehicle was stolen, he added.
While traveling west on 23rd Street at a high rate of speed, the Jeep T-boned an eastbound Dodge passenger car at the Television Place intersection, Mahoney said.
The Dodge is believed to have been attempting a left turn when the Jeep struck it.
"Normally you'd have to yield right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle," Mahoney said. "But at certain speeds that's obviously impractical."
Two people, a man and a woman, were killed in the Dodge. A woman in the passenger seat of the Jeep was killed.
Three others were seriously injured in the Jeep, and two were injured in the Dodge. One man in the Dodge suffered life-threatening injuries.