Driver, seen slumped over steering wheel before truck hit KCK storefront, is dead

The driver of a pickup truck that slammed into the front of a Save-A-Lot store Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., was pronounced dead after the wreck, according to police.

The pickup, which was towing a small utility trailer, hit the storefront at 2102 Metropolitan Avenue about 8:45 a.m. The truck narrowly missed the front doors of the business.

Police said it seemed likely that the driver was experiencing a medical emergency before the crash, and lost control of the truck.

“We talked to some witnesses who said that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed north on South 21st Street,” said Officer Zac Blair, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

“Based on the witness statements, more than likely we are looking at a medical emergency that took place prior to the accident.”

The pickup ran a stop sign at 21st and Metropolitan before speeding through the parking lot toward the store.

Witnesses told police that the driver appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel of the truck.

The driver was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police were waiting to release the man’s identity until they could notify family.

Customers were inside the store at the time of the crash, but no one was injured, Blair said.

The crash damaged the building’s structural integrity, so the store will be closed until the building is deemed safe, Blair said.