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Lee’s Summit car in fatal wreck was moving at a ‘very high rate of speed’

Friends of the victims of a fatal accident that happened Monday afternoon on Southwest Pryor Road about half a mile south of Longview Road in Lee’s Summit gathered Tuesday at the scene to pay their respects. Pictured are D.J. Robinson Jr. (right), Amanda Purvey and Adam Williams (left).
Friends of the victims of a fatal accident that happened Monday afternoon on Southwest Pryor Road about half a mile south of Longview Road in Lee’s Summit gathered Tuesday at the scene to pay their respects. Pictured are D.J. Robinson Jr. (right), Amanda Purvey and Adam Williams (left). along@kcstar.com

A car involved in a wreck that killed two Lee’s Summit teenagers Monday had been traveling at a “very high rate of speed,” a witness told police.

The witness estimated the car had been traveling 80 to 100 mph as it headed north in a 45 mph zone on Pryor Road, according to the Lee’s Summit police report documenting the crash.

Nathan Giron, 18, died at the scene. Courtney Tanner Rardin, 18, died at an Independence hospital.

Collin Carter, 18, identified by police as the driver, was taken to a Kansas City hospital in serious condition.

According to police, the teenagers’ car had been attempting to pass another vehicle while heading north on Southwest Pryor Road. When a vehicle appeared on Pryor Road heading south, Carter apparently lost control of the car, which fishtailed before skidding sideways into the southbound lane. The oncoming vehicle crashed into the side of the teen’s car, which rolled onto its roof.

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Rardin was wearing a seat belt but Giron was not, according to the police report. Investigators could not determine whether Carter was wearing a safety device.

Although prosecutors will review the case for possible charges, it could take months for investigators to obtain medical reports and other documents needed to complete that file, according to a Lee’s Summit police spokesman.

Brian Burnes: 816-234-4120, @BPBthree

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