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Excessive speed likely a factor in fatal pickup crash at Gillham Road rock wall

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Kansas City police are investigating Friday whether excessive speed caused a driver to lose control of a GMC Sierra pickup and crash into a rock wall at Gillham and Rockhill roads, killing the driver.

The wreck was reported just after 1:30 a.m. The victim’s name has not been released.

Police said the Sierra truck was heading south on Gillham Road when the driver lost control. The pickup struck the concrete median, uprooted a metal utility police and slammed into a rock wall.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, according to police.

It is the second vehicle fatality reported in Kansas City in 2019.

Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.

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