Crime

Man declared dead from Olathe traffic crash injuries, other driver charged

Olathe police said Thursday that a 32-year-old man injured in a traffic crash last Sunday has been pronounced dead.

Police identified the victim as Christopher Willdermood.

The crash occurred just after 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of S. Ridgeview Road.

According to police, Willdermood’s car was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The 42-year-old driver of the pickup truck and two passengers in the truck were not injured.

The pickup truck driver, Jeremy Claerhout, also of Olathe, was arrested and subsequently charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated battery.

According to court documents, he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Claerhout is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a bond of $250,000. Charges are likely to be amended as a result of Willdermood’s death.

Olathe police are continuing to investigate the crash and anyone with information is asked to call police at 913-971-7500 or 913-971-6950.

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