A 19-year-old Blue Springs man died early Monday when the car he was riding in ran off a road in Independence and crashed into a tree.
The car was traveling north on Holke Road about 2:45 a.m. near the Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River Campus when it ran off the road near Missouri 78. The car traveled through a field “for some distance” before it crashed into a tree, police said.
The Blue Springs man was a passenger in the car. The driver was taken to a hospital with what police believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are not releasing the dead man’s name until relatives are notified. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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