One person was killed and four people seriously injured when a driver in a stolen car sped from police and then smashed into two cars Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan., police said.
The driver of the stolen car and an unclear number of passengers fled the scene. Police searched known gang houses Sunday but were still looking for suspects Sunday night, police said.
The Kansas Highway Patrol released the identities of the woman who died and other victims Sunday night.
Octavia Barker, 47, of Kansas City, Kan., died after she was rushed to a hospital.
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Two passengers in her car, Arhelia Cano, 54, and Angie Logano, 12, also of Kansas City, Kan., were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Two people in a third car also were hospitalized with serious injuries — Bersain Perez, 28, and Marisol Flores-Lopez, 23, of Kansas City, Kan.
Officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle Saturday night but ended the pursuit at South Eighth Street and Kansas Avenue. Police said the stolen vehicle continued and collided with two other vehicles near South 10th Street and Kansas Avenue.
The highway patrol said the car fleeing police — an Audi A4 — ran through a red light on Kansas Avenue and hit the car driven by Barker as she was southbound in the intersection on 10th Street. The cars then smashed into the third car, which was stopped on Kansas Avenue at the red light.
Two or three suspects in the stolen vehicle ran from the scene before police arrived.
Earlier, the man whose car was stolen had spotted it and began chasing it when he crashed at Fifth Street and Central Avenue, police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted.
Sunday evening, Zeigler reported that the suspects remained at large, though police searched two known gang houses in the area. Police recovered a shotgun, assault rifle, three handguns and a bullet proof vest, he said. Three people were arrested, but they did not match the description of the suspects who fled the crash scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.