Crime

Man charged with manslaughter in crash that killed two

A Kansas City man was arraigned Thursday on two counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a high-speed car crash in August that killed two people.

According to court documents, Tarey L. Johnson, 21, was driving and racing with another vehicle on Aug. 11 when he ran a red light at 31st Street and Euclid Avenue and collided with another car traveling through the intersection.

Elvia P. Walters, 37, and Thomas G. Salistean, 39, were in the car that was struck and were killed. Johnson allegedly fled the scene on foot leaving a passenger in his car trapped in the wreckage.

The passenger, who said he had been friends with Johnson for two years, identified him to police. Johnson is also charged with assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He was in jail Thursday. A cash-only bond was set at $150,000.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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