Driver killed in wreck near Grain Valley still hasn’t been identified

Authorities still don’t know the name of a driver who died in a one-car accident this week on Pink Hill Road north of Grain Valley.

Blue Springs police officers had pulled over the car shortly before the wreck, but the driver sped away.

Someone had called police about 10 p.m. to report a possibly intoxicated driver near Northwest Missouri 7 and Northwest Duncan Road. The caller described the driver’s vehicle as a green Jeep Liberty with out-of-state plates.

Blue Springs officers stopped the Jeep in the 400 block of Northeast Duncan Road. As officers approached, the driver took off. Officers last saw the Jeep going east on Pink Hill Road. They terminated the pursuit because of poor road and weather conditions.

The Jeep ran off Pink Hill Road and crashed into a tree. The driver’s body was burned beyond recognition, said Sgt. Joe Fanara of the Blue Springs Police Department.

Identification could take the Jackson County medical examiner’s office eight to 12 weeks, Fanara said.

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